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History of Northeast, Northwest Neighborhoods on Display

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The Landmark Society of Western New York will present its survey of historic structures and sites in northeast and northwest Rochester. Provided by the Landmark Society of Western New York

The northeast and northwest quadrants of Rochester have their history, and residents throughout the city can learn about the legacy and what needs to be protected.

The Landmark Society of Western New York is scheduled to present its inventory of historic buildings, other structures and sites during an open house from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 25 at the David F. Gantt Recreation Center, 700 North St.

Landmark Society staff will provide information about:

  • typical historic building types in the northwest and northeast;
  • the development history of these quadrants, including the history of racist housing policies like redlining and urban renewal;
  • potential National Register historic districts and whether neighborhoods may be eligible for the New York state homeowner tax credit program; and
  • how neighborhoods can document and explore their history and the older buildings in it.

“It’s important to study the history of Rochester’s neighborhoods to identify significant and perhaps overlooked historic properties that may be at-risk or hold the hold potential for redevelopment,” Caitlin Meives, Landmark Society Director of Preservation, said in a news release. “Under-utilized historic buildings can often serve as catalysts for investment and economic development. Identifying those potential assets through survey work is an important planning tool.”

The Landmark Society conducted the inventory on behalf of the city. The project is partially funded by a grant from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and The Community Foundation.