Living Landmarks

The Landmark Society of Western New York is proud to present a video series to share our impactful work with the public.  Our intention is to convey the present-day vitality of historic (or Living) Landmarks – they are not frozen in the past, they evolve with time. These short videos highlight Landmark Society properties and projects and the benefits of employing historic preservation practices to neighborhood revitalization, economic development, and community building – how we, at The Landmark Society are Living (our) Landmarks.

Our host, Landmark Trustee, local artist, and changemaker Shawn Dunwoody, welcomes viewer and closes out each video with his charm and humor; showing that preservation can be fun as well as serious business. Landmark Associate Director, Larry Francer, is the writer and director; videography by PhotoPryntz.

Episode 1: Ellwanger Garden

The first episode introduces the series and shares this hidden treasure that is a foundation of The Landmark Society’s properties. It was donated to us by our founder, Helen Ellwanger, descendant of the famous Ellwanger and Barry Nursery founder, George Ellwanger. 

Sponsored by:

Episode 2: St. Joseph's Park

This episode shows the important work of collaborating with partners to save and repurpose a neighborhood landmark that experienced a devastating fire. The story of St. Joseph’s Church and the magical urban park, created from the three remaining church elevations, will delight you with memories from those who have known it now and then. 

Sponsored by:


St. Paul Properties

Episode 3: Stone-Tolan Historic Site

The oldest building in Monroe County, the Stone-Tolan House and it’s original tavern, once a popular house museum, has been struggling to find its place in popular culture. See how creative thinking and events have brought a new life to this very important site.

Sponsored by: Chris Carretta, Associate Broker at Hunt Real Estate

Episode 4: Landmark Project (TBA)

An intimate firsthand account of the work of The Landmark Society through a current project. You won’t want to miss this.

Sponsored by: TBA

Episode 4 will be released in the winter of 2022