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The Landmark Society of Western New York will host its annual House and Garden Tour this Saturday and Sunday, June 9 and 10, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day.

This year’s theme is “Between the Avenues” and will feature landmark homes along East Avenue and Park Avenue.

Cindy Boyer, the Director of Public Programs for the Landmark Society, discussed the great attractions Tuesday during News 8 at Noon.

“There’s everything from a very large mansion to some smaller sized, but wonderfully detailed houses on Westminster, Vick Park A, those types of streets,” Boyer said.

A number of the homes date back to the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, with street names designed to attract home buyers. “A number of those streets were named as a real estate ploy,” Boyer explained. “They were given very English-sounding names because that was popular at the time, so Westminster, and Barrington, you know, things that sounded much more sophisticated than the American public was used to. So they said – I wanna live on that street.”

Boyer said there’s eleven stops on the tour this year, “You get to go in any order that you want. Your ticket is a ticket booklet and you can go to some on Saturday, some on Sunday, but there is everything from a wonderful Italianate mansion, where we actually are going to the second floor, to Tutor revival. That’s one of my favorites, and a house that used to be something very, very different before it became a home and that’ll be a challenge for people to see what that used to be.”

She added a pre Tour talk will be held Tuesday, June 5 at 7:00 p.m. at the Rochester Academy of Medicine on East Avenue, and you can buy tickets there. If you already have a ticket, it’s free admission, and your ticket will include the Tour, but also some special activities during the Tour. For example, both days Valerie O’Hara from Pike Stained Glass will give a talk at 1:15 p.m. on the restoration of a window at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

The House and Garden Tour headquarters will be located at the Rochester Regional Joint Board at 750 East Avenue.

For more information, visit the Landmark Society website, click here.

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