It’s not an accident that 90% of the country’s cobblestone structures are located within 75 miles of Rochester. From cobblestones to picturesque cemeteries and stately red sandstone civic buildings to old mills, our area’s unique architectural heritage is, in part, a reflection of its singular geological history. Ancient shallow seas and more recent Ice Age glaciers have supplied local architects with a palette of materials and landscapes they have used to form communities over time, making buildings and public places an ongoing dialogue between the natural and human worlds. In this class, students will eavesdrop on that dialogue, linking some of the most treasured landmarks with the ancient geologic processes that made them possible and still continue to influence their preservation today.
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Meet the Teacher
Instructors are members of the Young Urban Preservationists, an affiliate group of The Landmark Society of Western New York. The YUPs are an emerging generation of preservationists in the greater Rochester region dedicated to promoting inclusive, modern, and innovative preservation practices to help revitalize communities and our built environment.
One of Rochester’s most distinctive buildings, Warner Castle is located in Highland Park. Built in 1854, the residence was modeled after a Scottish castle. Today the Castle is the home of The Landmark Society of Western New York and offers a strategic opportunity for the sensitive redevelopment and re-use of a unique property located in the city’s oldest park.