Get a rare view of High Falls

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You’ll get a unique look inside some of the most exclusive homes and businesses in Rochester’s High Falls at this year’s Landmark Society Inside Downtown Tour October 5 and 6.

Cindy Boyer, the Director of Public Programs for the Landmark Society of Western New York, discussed the tour and its features Tuesday during News 8 at Noon.

“This year we’re going to the ‘Cradle of Rochester,’ High Falls!” said Boyer. “That’s the place that really built our city from a village into a city.”

Once again, those taking the tour will get to experience some of the areas top landmark properties. “People are surprised that there are folks that live in the High Falls area, but they are and they are opening their apartments for us,” Boyer said. “It’s a really wonderful thing that you get to see how people are living in that area. There’s also a lot of really nifty stops, from high-tech companies, public relations places, artist studios and one loft apartment, that’s just going to blow your mind. It’s such a surprise!”

Boyer said your ticket gives you total access. “The great thing is, you don’t have to follow a tour guide. You can go in any order that you want, it just gets checked-off on your ticket. You can go to some of them on Friday night, if you want, and then go to others on Saturday during the day. Or just do them all on one of the two times.”

The Landmark Tour celebrates sustainability. “Repurposing a building makes economic sense, and it makes ecologic sense,” noted Boyer. “As a matter of fact, one of the stops is MCC’s Downtown Campus, and they have received LEED Gold Certification, which means that they are very ecologically friendly. You’ll learn about that on the tour. The Landmark Society has always supported that.”

Tickets are available at LandmarkSociety.org and also at Parkleigh on Park and Goodman. There’s a discount on advance tickets through Thursday night.

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