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Preserving the Architectural Styles of Avon

The Jolly Farmer, 5240 E. Avon Road, now a community residence. Photo courtesy of the Livingston County Historian

The Jolly Farmer, 5240 E. Avon Road, now a community residence. Photo courtesy of the Livingston County Historian

Cynthia Howk, Architectural Research Coordinator from the Landmark Society of Western NY, will be our first speaker of the 2019 season. Her program will highlight the rich architectural heritage of the Avon community and how preservation planning can benefit Avon residents.

The Landmark Society has been appointed by the Village of Avon to conduct an inventory of buildings 50 years old and older within the Village. Cynthia will present the importance of how Avon’s history can help our community thrive by

• Increasing public awareness and appreciation for properties that reflect our local history

• Directing new development through contientous land use planning

• Encouraging re-use of historic buildings

• Establishing priorities for preservation projects

• Promoting tourism

• Identifying properties that may be eligible for National Register listing and therefore may be able to make use of commercial and homeowner tax credits and grant programs.

Cynthia is a dynamic speaker, with a wealth of historical knowledge. Her understanding of our local history and how it unfolds is brought to life with her quick wit and humor.

Come join us for this free program!

Bio:
Rochester native Cynthia Howk is the Architectural Research Coordinator on the staff of The Landmark Society of Western New York and serves as that organization’s principal researcher for surveys, educational programs, landmark nominations and community projects.  Now celebrating its 81st anniversary, the Society serves a 9-county area and is one of the oldest preservation advocacy organizations in the United States.  Ms. Howk works with individuals, organizations, and municipalities on issues concerning local planning, building rehabilitation, and economic development.  As part of her preservation outreach, she also lectures widely on regional history and architecture.

You are welcome to join us for our Annual Meeting, which will take place at 1:00 pm.

Avon Village Hall
74 Genesee Street Avon, NY 14414

Free, open to the public, and handicap accessible.  Light refreshments will be served. Donations are gratefully accepted to support future programs.

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