Rochester Landmarks


Rochester Landmarks is a 95 page book with 86 photographs taken over 20 years by local photographer Richard Margolis. It focuses on local Olmsted parks, landmark buildings and public art, including addresses and background information. The Eyesores to Opportunity project is included in the book and emphasizes impressive cases of adaptive reuse by pairing before and after pairs of historic buildings. It can be purchased on the website and at the offices of the The Landmark Society of Western New York for $25.

$35 cost includes sales tax and shipping cost for $25 book.

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From the introduction by the photographer, Richard Margolis:

The Rochester Landmarks book combines several of my projects including landmarks, public art and big trees that all contribute to the Rochester culture and make this a better, I am tempted to say terrific, place to live. As we go about our lives we may not be conscious of them, but they do affect us. They give us a “sense of place” that reminds us that we are part of a history that goes back a couple hundred years and like the buildings and trees that have weathered storms and time, we have a long future. That sense, although it is impossible to measure, exists, and that is why preservation is important. These landmarks link us to our past and they inspire us to do good work that will last well into the future.

From the cover by Michael Hager, owner of Museum Photographics & resident of Rochester:

Fortunately, we have slowly and painfully gotten the message that the old can be reused and rehabilitated. Migration to the suburbs has slowed and our Downtown is being revived… The momentum has clearly changed and this is a hopeful time for our architectural heritage. I am pleased to be involved with this book. There are photographs of landmarks many of us are familiar with as well as some that are featured for the first time. The “Eyesores to Opportunity” section demonstrates how much we owe to the optimists among us. Now after nearly 45 years in Rochester, I have never felt better about the chances of our passing on our rich heritage to future generations. This book is but the latest example of Margolis’ interest in preservation and will hopefully encourage others to share that passion.

The Landmark Society of Western New York is at the forefront of recent accomplishments in improving our shared spaces as the leading voice for preserving our region’s architectural heritage and demonstrating that responsible development practices are the best strategies for securing healthy, livable, and sustainable living for all. However, none of our work would be possible without the support our members provide – indeed, membership giving is the single largest building block of our annual budget.

We hope that as a member in our organization that you have a shared sense of pride in our region’s progress – we simply couldn’t do it without you. Join or renew your membership today!

Supporting membership

Supporting Members receive the following membership benefits:

  • Invitation to The Landmark Society’s Annual Meeting Celebration
  • Free Admission to Stone-Tolan House Site and Ellwanger Garden
    (special events excluded)
  • Subscription to Landmarks Magazine
  • Access to The Wenrich Memorial Library (advance appointment required)
  • Reduced admission for tickets events
  • Priority registration to workshops, tours, and lectures

Supporting Members include:

  • Patron $100
  • Couple/Family $70
  • Government & Non-Profit $50
  • Individual $45
  • Individual Senior $40

premium membership

Premium Members receive all of the benefits of a Supporting Membership (listed below) plus additional benefits, depending on the Premium Membership level:

Pinnacle $2,000+

  • 2 House and Garden Tour tickets
  • 2 Inside Downtown Tour ticket
  • 2 Preservation Conference Tickets

Finial $1,500

  • 2 House and Garden Tour tickets
  • 2 Inside Downtown Tour ticket
  • 1 Preservation Conference Registration

Corinthian $1,000

  • 2 House and Garden Tour tickets
  • 2 Inside Downtown Tour ticket

Keystone $500

  • 2 House and Garden Tour tickets
  • 1 Inside Downtown Tour ticket

Cornerstone $250

  • 2 House and Garden Tour tickets

Pillar $150

  • 1 House and Garden Tour ticket

agent membership

This membership level is designated for licensed real estate agents in the Western New York Region. There are many benefits that are specifically tailored to realtors and their clients:

  • Free gifts for your clients:
    • 5 – Landmark Society family memberships
    • 5 – Landmark Society House & Garden Tour tickets
  • Recognition by Landmark Society that you are acknowledged as a
    supporter of The Landmark Society—an Agent member card.
  • Priority admission to the next “How to Market Historic Homes Successfully” seminar, at the Hoyt-Potter House, 133 S. Fitzhugh Street.
    • What to expect in the seminar: This seminar—for agents only—is always sold out, because it covers what you need to know to succeed in selling historic houses
    • Evolution of Rochester’s neighborhoods.
    • What Style Is It? 19th and 20th century residential architectural styles in Western New York.
    • Official Landmark Designation: who does it, what are the rules, who are the contacts.
    • Grants, tax credits and economics of Landmark Designation.
    • Old house maintenance & repair.
    • Rochester’s architects.
    • An Introduction to the Landmark Society of Western New York: its mission & projects.
    • How to research your historic house.
    • Discover Rochester’s historic houses and neighborhoods: included are two three-hour tours of selected Rochester neighborhoods, including several designated historic districts (with visits to several private houses).