URBAN LIFE ||
Each year the Landmark Society showcases unique living and work spaces found downtown. In their own words, "The Inside Downtown Tour highlights urban environments where folks are creating exciting spaces to live and work. We visit re-purposed spaces, renovated homes, lovingly preserved places and newly built sites that are designed with sensitivity to the overall built environment. Basically, we get you “in” on the latest urban living trends."
This year's tour features 9 stops - here's a sneak peek into a few of the locations:
The Penthouse at One East Ave:
Head to the eleventh floor of One East Ave to view not only this great event space, but the breathtaking city skyline from all 3 sides of the outdoor terrace (The Penthouse Website). If you're anything of a post-war design fan as we are, you'll love the original design of this 11-story tower and the mid-century architecture expressed throughout the building - including the unique corrugated concrete trough roof.
From the top you'll immediately see 2 of the other stops on the trip (pictured below) Sibley's on the left... and the Temple Building on the right:
The Sibley Building:
Tour this Rochester favorite of the olden days and see the changes taking place inside by Winn Development. Tour stops will include the famous "Tea Room" pictured above. While this picture was taken back on 9/11/13 and the area resembled more like the sunken Titanic than a modern-day hang out, the tour promises to show you the vision of the future for this grand place. Sibley's Website.
The Temple Building:
Located adjacent to The Sibley Building at the address of 14 Franklin Street, tour-goers will get to the see this architectural gem of a 20th-century Neo-Gothic landmark, but the real views come from inside the beautiful lofts. Afraid of the dentist? You'll have a different perspective when you tour Lewis Dental on the 8th floor and get a view from the dentist's chair unlike any around...we can't promise you'll lose your fear though. The Temple Building Website.
The Residences at 111 East Ave:
If you ever lived at 111 East Avenue when it was still called "East Ave Commons", you'll be very pleasantly surprised that there is nothing "common" about the renovations that recently took place, reinstating the building to its original quality and glory. Keep an eye out for the pool deck, state of the art fitness center, community fire pit - and even an entire room being dedicated for Eastman students to practice their musical crafts in the wee-hours of the morning. 111 East Ave Website.
St. Joseph's Park:
St. Joseph’s Park is the remains of what was the city’s oldest Catholic church, destroyed in 1975 by a fire. After being closed to the public for many years, the park has been restored and opened again. Come see this beautiful public space now open to be used for gatherings, photo shoots, weddings, and other celebrations as coordinated by Park Avenue event planning agency, Bella & Co.. If you can plan your visit for Saturday, the Young Urban Preservationists (YUP's) will be hosting several activities in the Park including a s'mores bar! St. Joseph's Park Information.
Inside Downtown Tour Details: Friday, September 12th | 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Saturday, September 13th | 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tour Headquarters Map, RoCo, 137 East Avenue: [mappress mapid="93"]