Each Valentine’s Day season for the last several years, young historic preservationist groups across the country – including Rochester’s Young Urban Preservationists (YUPs) of The Landmark Society – have participated in “heart-bombings”, posing for photos in front of under-utilized historic buildings with valentines to draw attention to the buildings’ potential through social and other media.
This year, the YUPs worked with high school students at East High to heart bomb a few under-loved buildings near the school.We worked with the students to show them how to research a building’s history using historic City Directories and Sanborn Fire Insurance maps, as well as looking for clues on the building itself–like painted ghost signs and architectural details. We loved seeing the students dive into the maps and directories as they explored the history of a few vacant buildings near their school as well as their own homes.
After researching four buildings near the school, the students selected two vacant and under-loved buildings to make Valentines for. On our last day, we gathered our Valentines (and some festive balloons) and set out, along with Megan Rinck of M. Adele Photography, to heart bomb a vacant former service station and an early 20th century commercial building that was once a vending machine shop.
The YUPs had a great time sharing their love of old buildings with an even younger generation!