Monday, July 17th | 6:30PM-8:30PM | The Rocks That Built Rochester

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.

Please note: A Happy Half Hour will be offered before class from 6:30pm-7:00pm, and the class will begin at 7:00pm. Students are encouraged to come early, grab a drink and mingle. Food will not be available during class.

This class is appropriate for ages 14+.

This class will take place at Radio Social, located at 20 Carlson Rd, Rochester, NY 14610.

If you would like to request a sign language interpreter or will be attending class with an aide, please fill out our contact form. Please also let us know if you have any preferences (seating, vision access, etc).

About the teachers:
Christopher Brandt is a native Rochesterian, local history buff, and obsessive owner of a time-capsule house built in 1928. He received his Masters in Architecture and Certificate in Historic Preservation from the University of Virginia and is an architect at Bero Architecture PLLC. In his spare time, he serves as the Advocacy and Education Chair of the Young Urban Preservationists, member of the Town of Irondequoit Preservation Commission, and blogs about his home restoration adventures at

Tyler Lucero has connected people to our natural and human heritage as an interpreter at the Genesee Country Village & Museum, a science teacher in the Rochester City School District, a naturalist at West Irondequoit's Helmer Nature Center, and an interpretive ranger at Rocky Mountain National Park. He studied geology and history at Brown University, and has traveled widely to wild and historic places across the United States, but loves the people, landscape, and history of his native Western New York best.

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