Park Avenue Historic District Project

Park Ave. is Porches swag is back for a limited time!

Now accepting pre-orders!

Our popular Park Avenue t-shirts are back–just in time for the holidays! These super comfy tees were designed by local artist Virginia McDonald.

NOTE: Your purchase is a pre-order. If you wish to receive your order in time for the holidays, items will be available for pickup at Landmark offices on Friday, December 20th. We regret that we cannot guarantee shipping delivery in time for Christmas. 

Park Ave. is Porches T-Shirt – $25

Designed by local artist Virginia McDonald. Super soft Next Level Tri-Blend Crew. Vintage black. Available in men’s/unisex or women’s sizing. NOTE: Women’s sizes tend to run small.


Park Ave. is Porches Baseball Tee – $27

Designed by local artist Virginia McDonald. Super soft Next Level Tri-Blend 3/4 Sleeve Raglan. Color: premium heather / heather white. Available in unisex sizing.




The area in the Park Avenue neighborhood of the city of Rochester, outlined in brown in the map below (click image to see larger view), is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places as a historic district. This honorary program does not place any restrictions on private property owners. It does allow homeowners in the district to take advantage of the NYS Historic Homeowners Tax Credit program.

>>Click here to learn more about the NYS Historic Homeowners Tax Credit program

If you have specific questions about the tax credit program, you can contact Christina Vagvolgyi with the NY State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) at: 518-268-2217 or

>>Click here to learn more about the National Register of Historic Places


In order for property owners to take advantage of the tax credit programs, extensive paperwork must be completed to list the Park Avenue neighborhood as an official historic district in the National Register of Historic Places. A National Register nomination requires extensive research, writing, and documentation. The Landmark Society generally recommends that district nominations be completed by professional preservation consultants, especially for an area of this size (about 1600 properties!).

Working with a committee of neighborhood representatives, we have solicited bids and selected a consultant, Clinton Brown Company Architecture, pc. The total cost for the project will be approximately $53,000. To date, thanks to the Rochester Area Community Foundation and the Preservation League of NYS, we have raised $25,000 in grants–a great accomplishment!

But we need your help too! To get the rest of the way, we’re asking neighborhood residents, business owners, or anyone who just loves spending time on Park Ave., to consider making a donation–of any amount.


If you want to be able to access the Homeowners Tax Credit program sooner, help us raise the funds to get the paperwork completed! Although The Landmark Society and neighborhood groups are applying for grant funding, grants alone will not get the project done. We need the help of neighbors to fully fund this project.



Who qualifies for the NYS Historic Homeowners Tax Credit program?

Owner occupied homes located in a qualifying census tract and a National Register historic district.

What type of work qualifies for tax credits?

Kitchens & bath remodels, porch repairs, paint, HVAC, window repairs, floor refinishing, etc. Landscaping and garages/carriage houses, and appliances do not qualify.

How do I apply for tax credits?

Before beginning any work, complete an application detailing your proposed work. Submit to the State Historic Preservation Office.

Does listing our neighborhood in a National Register Historic District restrict what I can do to my home?


What’s the difference between a National Register Historic District and a City Preservation District?

A City Preservation District is a part of the City of Rochester’s Zoning Code. Alterations to the exterior of properties within a Preservation District require a Certificate of Appropriateness. Demolition is prohibited. National Register districts offer no protections or restrictions when private money is being used.

Still have QUESTIONS? Contact Caitlin Meives.