The Landmark Society of Western New York has announced their 2023 House and Garden tour has been set for June 10th and 11th, and will feature tours of six private homes, including mid-century modern homes and early 20th century classic houses: along with two special gardens in the Brighton Browncroft neighborhood near Rochester.
The Brighton Browncroft neighborhood is a segment of the Browncroft neighborhood – but located in Brighton, rather than the City of Rochester. While some of the street names may be the same as the Rochester Browncroft area, the layout is quite different. Instead of a grid of city streets, the area features undulating roadways, a central triangular park, and a classically inspired bridge traversing a creek. Since it’s located on the heights above Ellison Park, some of the homes have distinctive lots, featuring picturesque ravines.
According to Cindy Boyer, Landmark Society Director of Public Programs, houses on the tour include a fabulous mid-century modern house designed by Olga Valvano, a Harvard graduate and one of the first female architects in the area. Its neighbor was designed by celebrated African American architect Thomas Boyde, Jr. An additional mid-mod that defies description and three classic early 20th century houses complete the tour – along with two gardens.
Ticket holders will receive an informational program on the history and architecture of the homes, in digital and printable format – they may also pick up a printed program at tour headquarters during the tour. Tour headquarters this year will be at Mercy High School Gallery.
Cost is $30 for Landmark Society members and $40 for non-members. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the Landmark Society website.