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Landmark Alerts

New grant program available to rural communities

The Landmark Society, in partnership with the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation, announces the availability of the Genesee Valley Rural Revitalization Grant Program (GVRR) to support rural communities in the Finger Lakes and Western New York. This funding is made possible by a grant received from the Paul Bruhn Rural Revitalization Grant Program as administered by the National Park Service, Department of the Interior, and will allow OPRHP and LSWNY to offer reimbursable sub-grants for historic building repair and rehabilitation in small rural communities located in eligible counties.

Matching funds have been provided by the Rochester Area Community Foundation, Letchworth Gateway Villages, and LSWNY. This program will support local governments, non-profit and commercial property owners, and small businesses in their efforts to preserve the historic places that have shaped their community’s social fabric and economy.

The first round of grant applications will be due March 31, 2021. Follow the link below to find out if your community is eligible!

More info

Welcome our newest staff member!

We are so excited to welcome our newest staff member, Megan Klem! Megan joined the Landmark Society team in November, 2020 as the Preservation Planner. She will be working on fee-for-service projects, the Old House Help program, and the Genesee Valley Rural Revitalization (GVRR for short) grant program.

Meet Megan!

Tour this old castle

As you may know, a little over a year ago, The Landmark Society relocated to its new headquarters at Warner Castle in the Frederick Law Olmsted-designed Highland Park. Before we moved in and continuing through the past year, we worked alongside Monroe County (owner of Warner Castle), as well as many talented craftspeople and contractors, to bring new life to the Castle.

Today, we are inviting you inside (figuratively, of course!) to see how far the Castle has come! Follow the link below to watch a free video tour of the Castle. Executive Director, Wayne Goodman, Board President Jim Marasco, Project Architect, Thomas Castelein AIA, and others will guide you through the restoration process.

Watch the Tour!

Classes with the YUPs

Crash Course in American Architectural History – 20th Century
Presented by the Young Urban Preservation with the Rochester Brainery on Wednesday, January 27th.

Love old buildings but have no idea what you’re looking at? In this class, students will receive the rundown of American architectural styles from the late 19th century through the present day, with a focus on local and regional examples. Learn the names of important architectural styles common in the northeast; some basic architectural terminology; and how to approximately date the buildings you see every day. This class builds on the knowledge presented in Crash Course in American Architectural History I: 19th Century, but can be taken on its own if preferred.

NEW! Later in the year, the YUPs are also bringing you two brand new classes:

  • For Women’s History Month in April, Women in Preservation & Design
  • In April, The Rocks that Built Rochester, an exploration of the intersection between architecture and geology

Join the YUPs for one or all of these classes (all take place virtually on Zoom) by following the link below!

Interesting in learning more about or getting involved with the YUPs? Check out their website or e-mail them to sign up for the next monthly Steering Committee meeting on February 10th. Meetings are open to all!

All YUP classes

Thank you to our past event sponsors!


The Landmark Society of Western New York is supported, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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