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Preservation 

Old homes tucked into city neighborhoods; big, stoic dairy barns reminding us of an earlier time; massive cathedrals on modern urban streets --- the buildings left us by earlier generations contribute character and elegance to the Greater Rochester's landscape.

But these places offer more than just quaint history; they are resources that can be used to generate jobs, tourism, affordable housing, and downtown investment. The Preservation League of New York State reports, "$1 million spent rehabilitating an historic building in New York State ultimately adds $1.9 million to the state's economy."

So it's not just a question of beauty, it's a question of value. Waste not, want not: Let's use what we have.

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In This Guide...

  • Good as old again

    An old-world craftsman tends a flock of church buildings
    "It's almost like the guy who likes to restore cars," says Henry Swiatek. "You know people who do it because they love doing it, they rebuild an old car.

  • Barn raising

    As iconic as the barn is --- it can represent in the American imagination the whole farming lifestyle and economy --- it isn't often recognized for its value as a historic building. Not an office building or a home, where the value is more obvious, or even a school or a factory, where new uses tend to suggest themselves: Barns can fall off the table in architecture-preservation discussions.

  • Endangered places

    Much of our region's character can be found in its architecture: The homes, industrial buildings, schools, office buildings, and churches that were built when Rochester's star was rising. Now many of these buildings are abandoned or are facing vacancy or bankruptcy, while new developments and building projects crop up all around.

  • Something old, something new: old-house fix-ups

    One of the Rochester area's biggest treasures is often overlooked, and, worse, underappreciated: its extraordinary number of old, ordinary, early 20th-centuryhouses. When we think of "preservation," we think of the mansions on East Avenue, the Victorian groupings in villages like Pittsford and Spencerport, the Frank Lloyd Wright house on East Boulevard.

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