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Landmark Society "Five to Revive" list includes 2 Rochester sites

Oct 9, 2018

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The Landmark Society of Western New York on Tuesday announced its Five to Revive, a list that calls attention to historical properties and resources in the region that need investments.

Tom Castelein is the president of the board of trustees for the Landmark Society and kicked off the announcement.

"The most effective strategy to preserve a historic resource is to infuse them with a current purpose. Its care then becomes self-sustaining, and through thoughtful redevelopment, preservation becomes economic development with catalytic impact."

Two sites from Rochester were included on the list: the Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School campus and the Rochester Aqueduct.

Wayne Goodman, the executive director of the Society, says after 90 years, the divinity school is relocating.

"Current proposals do not address the significance of the existing historic buildings or historic landscape. And we stress that the landscape is equally as significant as the buildings."

The school is a designated city of Rochester landmark and is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.

The group also added the Rochester Aqueduct, saying this is an exciting time for downtown Rochester with the ROC the Riverway program revitalizing the relationship with the water.

Goodman says the aqueduct is the centerpiece of downtown transformation and that they support the ROC the Riverway program and development of the area.

"But we also believe that the success of this program will require meaningful community input, strategic decision-making and inventive concepts that still respect historic content and context."

The list also includes Parrott Hall in Geneva, Odd Fellows Hall in Holley and the former National Yeast Company and Iroquois Motor Car Factory in Seneca Falls.