St. Joseph’s Park

Summer lunchtime concert series

Back for Summer 2024!

Five lunchtime concerts, on Wednesdays at 12:30pm, presented by Eastman Community Music School in cooperation with The Landmark Society at St. Joseph’s Park. The concerts feature one of Rochester’s greatest musical resources: the students and faculty members of the Eastman School of Music and Eastman Community Music School. Stay tuned for a full schedule of musicians coming soon!

St. Joseph's Park is the Perfect Location for your Special Occasion!

One of Rochester’s best-kept secrets is available for the community to enjoy again, after being closed for many years.  In a partnership with Bella Events, The Landmark Society is renting out this beautiful urban park for photo shoots, weddings and other celebrations.

The Redemptorist Fathers, along with the German Immigrants of the early 1800’s, purchased the site and spent over three years building the main body of the church.  The church soon became the mother church of nine other German parishes in western New York.  The quiet old building over the decades literally became known as the “Oasis of Grace”.  The bell tower was constructed in 1909.

Photo courtesy of Richard Margolis

Photo courtesy of John Schlia


Featuring dramatic iron fences, gates and stone arches, St. Joseph’s Park is located inside the remains of what was the city’s oldest Catholic church, destroyed in 1975 by a disastrous fire.

In the years following the fire, determined citizens and institutions felt that the distinctive tower was an irreplaceable feature of the Rochester landscape and thus created St. Joseph’s Park.  With its enclosed courtyard and fountain, The Landmark Society-owned park opened in 1980 with renovation designed by Handler/Grosso Architects and was enjoyed by many in the area.

Photo courtesy of Richard Margolis

Due to the generosity of the Rochester Area Community Foundation, the Davenport-Hatch Foundation and Ted Collins Tree and Landscape as well as the hard work of Landmark staff and volunteers, many will enjoy the site more in the future.  Public events are also in the planning stages to introduce this unique architectural venue to varied audiences.

Wedding Photos

St. Joseph’s Park can accommodate 125 guests for a wedding ceremony.  Please contact Grace from Bella Events at and 701-799-3785 for rates and dates.