Preserve Greater Indy hosts the next Rust Belt Takeover of Indianapolis from September 28-30, 2018. The weekend will be centered around downtown Indianapolis and its surrounding historic neighborhoods, including Fountain Square, Lockerbie Square, Fletcher Place, Mass Ave, and the Old Northside. Registration is now open! Here is a summary of the planned weekend (all events are subject to change).
Friday, September 28th
Obscure Indianapolis – All weekend, Citywide
For those arriving early, pick up a copy of the Urban Times to find a guide on some lesser-known sites to check out on your own around downtown and beyond.
Kick-off the Rust Belt Takeover with Preserve Greater Indy at a local craft brewery.
Mass Ave Bar Crawl
8 p.m. Massachusetts Avenue
Hear from the leaders of nearby historic neighborhood groups and take a stroll (and have drink or two) along the historic Mass Ave. corridor.
Saturday, September 29th
I-65/I-70 Panel Discussion & Advocacy, 10 a.m. McGowan Hall (1305 N. Delaware St.)
A panel of local leaders and neighborhood groups will share their perspectives on the potential impacts of proposed rehabilitation alternatives for Indianapolis’ downtown highway system in terms of social justice and the historic neighborhoods surrounding the interstates. Following the panel discussion, there will be resources on hand to write to elected representatives the express your views on how local infrastructure projects affect your community.
Lockerbie People’s Club will host a tour of Indianapolis’s first locally protected historic neighborhood. Preservationists had to take on the c.1965 “Lockerbie Fair” plan, which would have demolished most of the neighborhood to create a Disneyland-esque attraction around the James Whitcomb Riley house, home to the celebrated Hoosier poet.
City Market Catacombs Tour, 2 p.m. City Market (222 E. Market St.)
Join Indianapolis City Market and Indiana Landmarks on a guided tour into the 1886 City Market catacombs, the long-hidden ruin of Tomlinson Hall, which burned in in 1958 and now sits beneath City Market’s Whistler Plaza.
LGBT Sites Tour, 2 p.m. Downtown
Indy’s LGBTQ community saw dramatic change and notable events from the late 1970s into the early 1990s. Join our partner, Indiana Humanities, on an interactive tour of the critical places around Indianapolis and a historic reenactment of Nurse Safe Sexx — a character created in 1985 to raise money for AIDs relief. A shuttle will carry attendees to different sites.
Imbibe Game Room, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Fountain Square Theater Building (1105 Shelby St.)
Virginia Avenue Bar Crawl, 8 p.m. Fountain Square/Fletcher Place
See Virginia Avenue’s historic buildings, bars, and nightlife in the Fountain Square and Fletcher Place neighborhoods.
Sunday, September 30th
Rubush & Hunter Architectural Tour, 10 a.m. Monument Circle
Join the Indiana Historical Society (IHS) on a walking tour through Downtown Indianapolis and dive into salacious stories behind one of Indianapolis’ most prolific architecture firms, which operated from 1905-1938.
Kessler Park & Boulevard System Bike Tour, 10 a.m. Near North Side (Meet on the north end of Mass Ave.)
Join PGI on a tour of Indianapolis’s National Register-listed Park & Boulevard System originally designed by George Kessler in 1909. The tour focuses on City Beautiful infrastructure and landscape architecture elements and how they have been incorporated into the contemporary city. BYOB or rent one from Indiana Pacers Bikeshare.
Takeover Wrap-up, 12 p.m. Mug-n-Bun (5211 W. 10th St.)
Lunch, wrap-up, and a look ahead to the next Rust Belt Takeover.
Indiana Medical History Museum Tours, 2 p.m. Indiana Medical History Museum (3045 W Vermont St.)
Join the Indiana Medical History Museum and Preserve Greater Indy at the final event of the Rust Belt Takeover as we take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Old Pathology Building and grounds of the nineteenth century Central State Hospital campus.
We all have our favorite craft breweries and at the Rust Belt Takeover in Columbus on Saturday, April 28th, we are going to put them head-to-head.
Here is how it works….
-Bring your favorite local 6-pack or growler to the RBCoYP party! Your 6-pack is your official entry into the competition, so if you need something to sip on before the competition starts… grab from the share table or bring extra brews.
-The competition begins promptly at 8:00 pm and winners will be announced at 9:00pm. Get ready to sample the Rust Belt.
-Enjoy a sample of each beer, cider, or soda brought to the competition. Once you have enjoyed tasting the flavors from around the Rust Belt, you will vote for best label and best taste. Simply put your raffle ticket in the empty cup next to the beer, and consider yourself a part of beer democracy.
-We have something special up our sleeves for the beer winner! So bring your favorite drink and come ready to compete!
Don’t drink beer? Don’t worry! You can vote for best label! And if you try to slip a craft soda into the competition, we won’t be mad. We will be excited to sample one of your state’s delicious products.
*Taste testers will each get a sample of the beverage, not a full can. Think of this like the biggest beer flight you have ever experienced.
The Young Ohio Preservationists (YOPs) are hosting the Rust Belt Takeover of Columbus, April 27-29. Advance Registration Required, sign up here! Tour registration is on a first come basis; we will offer a waitlist if a tour reaches capacity.
Thanks to support from the Create Columbus Commission, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, MKSK, and Columbus Landmarks, all activities are free!
Want to support the Young Ohio Preservationists and their efforts to promote preservation? Donate here!
You’ll find a hearty welcome upon your arrival to Columbus at Two Dollar Radio Headquarters! Two Dollar Radio is a local book publisher that sells indie titles and also has a killer vegan food & drink menu. Reunite with friends, meet new buddies, and learn about the good, the bad, and the ugly of Columbus’ urban history. We’ll have pecha kucha style mini-presentations on what launched the preservation movement in Columbus: highway segregation, LGBTQIA history, and our neighborhoods. There will be a special treat for registrants courtesy of Columbus Landmarks. (Capacity: 100)
After Party @ The Highball Tavern
Leave Two Dollar Radio Headquarters at 9:00pm, and venture a couple blocks north on Parsons Avenue to The Highball Tavern! You will love the drinks and ambience at this local gay bar.
Saturday Morning, 10 am- Noon
Breakfast: On Your Own
Make sure to eat before our action-packed Saturday! We will be posting food recommendations closer to the event.
Tour of Fort Hayes, 10-noon
Fort Hayes, a National Register of Historic Places designated site, tells the story of early Columbus and racial segregation in the military, and highlights a unique partnership between arts and history. Split into small groups to explore Fort Hayes and learn the history of the site and its evolution to a public arts school. Tour highlights include visiting the award-winning Franklin County Veterans memorial poppy field, the Shot Tower art gallery (exterior due to gallery installation), and seeing which buildings are left to renovate! (Capacity: 100)
Lunch: On Your Own
Grab a bite to eat before your afternoon tour! We are full of recommendations for you depending on which tour you sign up for.
Saturday Afternoon Breakout Tours, 2:00pm-4:00pm*
*asterisk indicates which tours are longer than 2-hours.
Referred to as “the bible of black travel during Jim Crow,” the Negro Motorist Green Book was an annual guidebook that listed black-friendly businesses like restaurants, hotels, and bars where black travelers could feel safe visiting. This bike tour will lead you through various Columbus stops as listed in the Green Book and give you insight on the history of civil rights & the city. Tour will be led by Rory Krupp of Owen & Eastlake; Owen & Eastlake is in the process of researching the African American Civil Rights sites in Ohio for the Ohio Historic Preservation Office .BYOB (bring your own bike) or request a free bike pass to rent one! (Capacity: 15)
Wo ist mein handy? A photo tour of German Village.
Join Matthew (an instagram-and history- obsessed photographer from Boston) and Sarah (a preservationist, local historian, and the coolest cat around) as we zag and zig around the picturesque German Village, a 233 acre historic district in south side Columbus. Our tour will include the quaintest corner of Ohio, ample red brick, seedy history, and extremely Instagrammable corners. We’ll stride and hop through German Village, Schumacher Place, and Parsons. We will tip back some suds in the beautiful Two Dollar Radio HQ, a Columbus-based indie publishing company. There might even be an historic car or two. #Itwillbeawesome! (Capacity: 30, split into 2 groups)
Finding a Future for Franklinton’s Fire Engine House #6
Let’s take a deeper dive into some preservation tools. We will be exploring and learning from the Fire Engine House #6 in Columbus’ Franklinton neighborhood. Workshop participants will have an exclusive tour of a former firehouse turned electronics shop prior to redevelopment. Touring the building with Heritage Ohio, you’ll have the opportunity to learn their vision for the space and their hope for ensuring the structure stands another 100 years. Following the tour, your group will deep dive into historic tax credits. The conversation will discuss the ins and outs of tax credits from development to the State Historic Preservation Office review process. This workshop will give you a greater understanding of the financial incentives available to restore a historic structure! (Capacity: 15)
Urban Rangers Hike*
This hike will bring participants through various places in the core neighborhoods of Columbus. This is an immersive experience where we will be examining connectivity between neighborhoods, public space, and our relationship to urban form. We promote conversations along the way about preservation, pedestrianism, development, etc. We may stray a little off course if an opportunity arises. We’ll be stopping approximately mid way through at a local watering hole for a rest and refreshment. Be Prepared: We suggest wearing sturdy, broken in shoes, appropriate outerwear, and for participants to bring water – we want everyone to feel good! Notes: This hike is not a historic tour developed from our research. Instead, it’s part of an ongoing project that examines cities through a pedestrian lens.
About: Urban rangers brings people together to explore the urban environment. We promote a curiosity for ecology of cities and urban form though guided community hikes and other events. Your guide Derek is the VP of Cincinnati Preservation Collective and works as a freelance creative contributing to organizations and immersive events that help folks discover more about places and relate to the communities they live. For more on Urban Rangers visit their website. Tour will be from 2:00-5:30pm. (Capacity: 20)
Art Spaces in Old Places*
Artists often lead the way with neighborhood resurgence and we will visit two artists work spaces (400 W. Rich and Blockfort) and one artist living space (Milo Grogan High School) that are doing just that. We will get a tour of each space and hear about how and why they ended up in their location and what their plans are for the future. This will include visiting a couple of artist studios, viewing a current art show up in one of the spaces, and touring an artist residence. You will love learning how Stephen Takacs is using the traditional tintype techniques for contemporary photography! This tour will involve carpooling to the three locations and last 2.5-3hours. (Capacity: 15)
Cap Square, the heart of Ohio and its Capital City*
Cap Square will include not only the historic square, but the host of fascinating structures in the immediate neighborhood which is the true core of Ohio’s Capital. The walking tour will begin at the historic Supreme Court of Ohio at the intersection of Front and State Streets, and weave through downtown. Highlights of the tour will include the following structures and points of interest: the Supreme Court of Ohio, The Lazarus Building (once housing Columbus’ legendary department store), the Ohio Theatre; Historic Trinity Church; the Columbus riverfront and the 1930s governmental complex which includes the police headquarters, the old post office (now federal court house) and Columbus City Hall, the exact center of the city, and more…! Don’t worry, we will be stepping inside a few buildings along the route! Check tour guide Robert Tobin’s instagram and get excited! Tour will be from 2:00-4:30ishpm (Capacity: 20)
Join your fellow preservationists and Prost! for preservation at the German Village Meeting Haus! The German Village Meeting Haus was built in 1923 for the Moose Lodge fraternal organization. Bring your own 6-pack to enter the third annual Rust Belt beer competition (full rules here), screenprint a Columbus-centric koozie with Alison Rose, and enjoy local grub from Pierogi Mountain (Guy Fieri approved)! Beer competition winners announced at 9:00pm. (Capacity: 200)
After Party: Brewery District Bar Crawl
Leave the German Village Meeting Haus at 10:30pm and enjoy a bar crawl through the locally designated Brewery District. You’ll enjoy strolling the streets like the German brewers in the 1800s!
Enjoy this unique opportunity to learn letterpress and refine your advocacy techniques at Igloo Letterpress in historic downtown Worthington! This 2-hour advocacy workshop will begin with a letterpress workshop, where you will have the opportunity to create preservation-themed postcards. After printing your postcards, we will learn advocacy techniques from Diana Tisue, Marketing Campaigns Project Manager for the National Trust for Historic Preservation. We will conclude the workshop with all participants writing a postcard to a legislator to promote a historic preservation effort they are passionate about. Postage, pastries from Angry Baker, and coffee will be provided. (Capacity: 40)
Ohio History Center
Self explore at the Ohio History Center! This Brutalist building is home to an incredible Lustron exhibition, a new public housing exhibition, and much more! Complimentary admission to registrants, thanks to support from the Ohio History Connection. Registrants must pick up tickets from event organizers on Friday or Saturday. (Capacity: 30)
Sunday Afternoon, Noon – 1pm
Downtown Worthington Walking Tour
Enjoy strolling through downtown with the Worthington Historical Society. Established in the early 1800s, visiting Worthington is like stepping back in time. We look forward to finding out the hidden histories of the buildings downtown! (Capacity: 30)
Photo Walk of Rush Creek Village
Go on a stroll through one of the most unique mid century neighborhoods in central Ohio. Homes in Rush Creek Village were built in the style of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian Homes. Theodore van Fossen planned the entire community, selecting house sites and designing the homes. This is private residential area, so please keep your exploration to the road/sidewalks. (Capacity: 40)
Even after Jane Jacobs’ death, she continues to have an impact on how individuals view the built environment and its impact on communities. The Tiny Jane Project pays respect to her life’s work and presents a fun way to spread preservation/planning awareness. Sixty Tiny Jane dolls were sewn by project founder Sarah Marsom with the assistance of Young Ohio Preservationist board members and sold with 100% of profits being donated to the first Tiny Jane Scholarship.
Representatives from RBCoYP organizations reviewed dozens of scholarship applications and selected five emerging professionals to receive a $200 stipend to assist with registration for PastForward, the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s annual conference.
Who you are: Jim Gonzalez; Preservation Intern at Toledo Revival. BFA in Fashion Photography from the Academy of Art University. Previously spent two years as the Social Media Coordinator, and served on the Preservation Grants Committee of the Victorian Alliance of San Francisco. 2016 Alum of the Victorian Society in America’s Newport Summer School.
Where you live: Toledo, Ohio as of August 2017. Previously, the San Francisco Bay Area.
Your favorite historic/cultural building or landscape or food or what have you: Though I haven’t visited DC yet, my favorite building is the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. It’s the structure that first introduced me to my favorite architectural style: Second Empire.
Favorite Jane Jacobs quote, picture, or story: “Cities need old buildings so badly it is probably impossible for vigorous streets and districts to grow without them.”
What you look forward to most at the PastForward Conference: It’s a simple answer, but: learning.
Where we can find you on social media: @thecardiganking on Instagram
Who you are: Amelia Decoster; I received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2013; and began the Masters of Fine Arts Historic Preservation program in 2014 at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia. I am currently finishing my thesis. In October, I will be presenting my thesis as a Student Scholar at the Association for Preservation Technology Conference in Ottawa, Ontario.
Where you live: St. Paul, Minnesota
Favorite historic/cultural building or landscape or food or what have you: I am really interested in opera houses — all kinds! American, European, grand, humble, etc.
Favorite Jane Jacobs quote, picture, or story: “While you are looking, you might as well also listen, linger and think about what you see.”
What you look forward to most at the PastForward Conference: I look forward to meeting the other young and emerging professionals; I am excited to hear what they are doing and how they are contributing to preservation.
Where we can find you on social media: LinkedIn
Who are you: Jacqueline Drayer; I am the Outreach and Grants Manager at the DC Preservation League. My work includes just about anything related to preservation advocacy and education, and I have a background in architectural research. I love adaptive use, photographing cities, and eating ramen.
Where you live: I live in Washington, DC. It is a wonderful city for historic preservation because of strong preservation laws and 250 years worth of diverse architecture. Washington is more than the Capitol and neoclassical buildings!
Favorite historic/cultural building or landscape or food or what have you: A few of my favorite structures are St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, River Park Mutual Homes in Washington, and the Moses Bridge in Halsteren, the Netherlands.
Favorite Jane Jacobs quote, picture, or story: My favorite Jane Jacobs photo is this one. The era of protesting preservation issues peaked before my time, so it’s hard not to romanticize it. Her poster is also a perfect universal sentiment.
What you look forward to most at the PastForward Conference: I look forward to learning about how others are encouraging new swaths of their communities to join preservation efforts in creative ways.
Who you are: Kyle Anthony-Petter;I will be a senior at Southeast Missouri State University majoring in Historic Preservation, with a minor in history and architectural design. I grew up in Saint Louis, Missouri.
Favorite historic/cultural building or landscape or food or what have you: My favorite historic landscape is Faust Estate in Saint Louis, which shows early 20th century domestic architecture of agriculture structures. The structures were built by many prominent architects from the Saint Louis area. I enjoy the landscape surrounding the buildings which forms and unifies the structures with their surroundings.
Favorite Jane Jacobs quote, picture, or story: “Cities are an immense laboratory of trial and error, failure and success, in city building and city design.”
What you look forward to most at the PastForward Conference: What I am looking forward to the most about this conference is meeting others from all over the country. It will be great to learn more about historic preservation from different people’s perspectives. I am excited about first PastForward conference.
Where we can find you on social media: I can be found on Instagram @historic_prez and on facebook at Kyle Petter.
Who you are: Tim Wood;I’m a MS student in Historic Preservation with a focus on cultural resource management at the University of Oregon in Portland, Oregon.
Favorite historic/cultural building or landscape or food or what have you: My favorite historic/cultural landscape is the Columbia River Gorge with its many hiking trails, waterfalls, and scenic views.
Favorite Jane Jacobs quote, picture, or story: One of my favorite Jane Jacobs’ quotes is “Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.”
What you look forward to most at the PastForward Conference: I am very excited to attend the PastForward to meet with fellow preservationists and discuss how the field of historic preservation is evolving and what we see on the horizon.
Where we can find you on social media: LinkedIn
Information regarding 2018 scholarship applications will be announced January 2018. For more information visit tiny-jane.com! We would also like to thank Heritage Ohio for being the fiduciary of this passion project.
It’s almost time for the Rust Belt to take over Rochester! Here’s the weekend’s schedule (subject to minor changes). Registration ends July 1 so don’t delay!
Spend the weekend exploring the Flower City (aka Flour City) with the YUPs! We’ll experience Rochester’s transportation history firsthand, check out the waterfalls in the middle of the city, walk through the country’s oldest municipally-owned cemetery, visit murals by internationally-renowned street artists, and get behind-the-scenes tours of downtown landmarks. We can’t wait to show you why we love the ROC!
7 PM – Welcome to Rochester: Friday night we’re hanging out at Rochester’s newest adaptive reuse project, Radio Social. Named in homage to the radio manufacturer that inhabited the space during WWII, it now boasts a restaurant, bar, and bowling lanes–everything we’ll need to kick-off a great weekend!
SATURDAY, JULY 15th
9 AM – Breakfast at the Market:Rochester’s outdoor Public Market has been the place for thousands of people from all walks of life to do their weekend shopping and mingling since 1905 and is increasingly driving reinvestment in the surrounding neighborhood. Chris and Tyler are regular market-goers and will orient you as you explore the 400 stalls and pick up breakfast.
11 AM – Rochester Must-Sees and Must-Eats: After breakfast we’ll head over to the High Falls neighborhood, home to our famous downtown waterfall. High Falls was the center of much of Rochester’s industrial past and offers one of the best views in the city. You’ll get an orientation to the city from The Landmark Society’s renowned, walking encyclopedia, Cynthia Howk. No one in Rochester knows more about Rochester’s buildings and history.
From there, we’ll explore some vestiges of Rochester’s rich transportation history. After working up quite the appetite, we’ll stuff our faces at Nick Tahou’s. Located in a former railroad depot, Tahou’s is the home of Rochester’s culinary masterpiece the Garbage Plate and is a must-have on any Rochester visit.
2-4 PM – Breakout Tours
After lunch, choose one of three different tours, each exploring a unique piece of Rochester:
Death in a Time of Cholera: Exploring Mount Hope, America’s first Victorian municipal cemetery.We’ll learn about the origins of the 19th century ‘rural cemetery’ movement and Mount Hope’s founding in response to a cholera epidemic. We’ll explore Mount Hope’s unique glacial landscape of high hills and deep valleys, winding eskers and deep kettles. The walk will take us to the final resting places of some notable folks, including Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony, where election day visits have become a Rochester tradition.
Wall\Therapy: Rochester has over 100 murals, many of which are thanks to Wall\Therapy which brings artists from around the globe and right here in Rochester to paint murals across the city. Wall\Therapy’s goal is to use public art to spark discussion and inspiration. In the spirit of that goal, we’ll visit a number of the murals and gain some insight from one of Wall\Therapy’s experts on the stories behind the paintings. (NOTE: Sadly, our bike share program won’t be launching until the following week so if you can bring your own bike, that’s great! If not, we’ll have some extras).
Lower Falls – Hydro-power, lost settlements, and bridges that spanned too far: No weekend for preservation nerds would be complete without a behind-the-scenes building tour! Crawl through Rochester’s oldest operating hydroelectric station at the precipice of our tallest waterfall, deep in the river gorge, and beneath a bridge that twice fell into the valley below. Come explore one of Rochester’s most unique buildings and idyllic natural sites.
4 PM – Free time
6 PM – Dinner with Ms. PacMan: We’ll all meet up again for dinner, drinks and arcade games. Swillburger\\Playhouse, Rochester’s only barcade, is the best place to fuel up (on locally sourced burgers, tots, and milkshakes) and relive your 90s childhood before heading out on the town Saturday night. Also, it’s in an adapted historic church, with interior spaces designed by local furniture company, Staach. (Vegan and vegetarian options available)
SUNDAY, JULY 16th
9 AM – Breakfast in Times Square: It may not have quite as many lights or tourists as New York City’s Times Square, but Rochester’s has peregrine falcons and will have breakfast waiting for you on Sunday morning. The National Trust for Historic Preservation will host a breakfast discussion after which we’ll tour the building, more formally known as the Genesee Valley Trust Building. An integral piece of Rochester’s skyline since 1929, the building has also been home to two peregrine falcons since 2008. We’ll end the tour under the building’s most iconic feature, the 97 foot tall monumental sculpture of aluminum and stone called, Wings of Progress.
11 AM – Epic East Side Dog Walk: Shake off the Genny Cream Ale from last night and earn your lunch with a brisk, approximately 5 ½ mile walk through some of the most beautiful and unique neighborhoods and hidden treasures Rochester has to offer. If you have a friendly dog, bring your companion. If not, we will have some on-hand to offer companionship and occasional motivational yipping. We will leave from 341 Barrington Street promptly at 11:00.
2 PM – Send off BBQ: Grill and chill with your new and old building nerd friends at 341 Barrington Street before exploring Rochester more or heading home (to watch the Game of Thrones season premiere!!). BYOB.
Locations: Fear not–we will supply you with a google map of all locations and recommended eats, bars, and coffee shops before the weekend starts. You’ll also be equipped with a hard copy “concierge sheet” that will give you the most important deets.
Transportation: Rochester is a very compact, bikeable city. Because our bikeshare won’t be launched yet, we encourage you to bring your own bikes. We’ll also be rounding up a bunch we can loan you if you choose to go on the Wall\Therapy bike tour. We’ll send a poll out in advance to get a headcount of who needs a bike. Our bus system isn’t the fastest way to get around town but you can check it out here. AAAND we’ll finally be getting Uber and Lyft at the end of June!!
Parking: Rochester utilizes alternate side parking. Apparently this isn’t a thing in other cities??!! Basically, it means you can’t park your car for the weekend and forget about it (unless you’re at a meter downtown). In most neighborhoods, you have a 1-hour window between 6 and 7 PM to move your car to the other side of the street. Pay close attention to the parking signs as they’re admittedly super confusing. In general though, you can always find parking within a block or two of wherever you’re going.
Lodging: If you requested lodging when you registered, after registration closes, you’ll receive an email with your lodging assignment.
Furry, four-legged friends: We’d love to have an army of dogs at Sunday’s Epic East Side Dog Walk! If you have a friendly, well-behaved dog you want to bring along for the weekend, let us know and we’ll put you up at a dog-friendly house. Just be aware that many of the weekend’s activities are not dog-friendly and your pooch may need to be left alone at a stranger’s house for extended periods of time.
(…You should come to the Rochester Rust Belt Takeover)
Waterfalls, park systems, historic stuff, great coffee, quirky shops, plenty of craft beer to go around…
These are just a few reasons we YUPs love Rochester, and we want to share as much as we can with all our fine RBCoYP folks! SO, here are 5 reasons you want to come spend the weekend with us!
#1 – Have a chance to hang with the coolest dead people around.
Now, we Rochesterians can be biased in this perspective, but Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass were nothing to sneeze at back in the day. We are so proud to own these names as a part of Rochester history and want you to fall in love with them too. Mt. Hope Cemetery (America’s first municipal Victorian cemetery) is sure to please the eye and spark the imagination of all who enter its gates.
#2 – Bowl in an old radio factory.
We are going to hang in our newest attraction – Radio Social. Knock a few pins around, sling back some drinks and fine food, and meet up with friends old and new. There is a lot to take in in this former industrial space – come and experience it with us!
#3 – EATS, EATS, EATS!
You will have a chance to sample plenty of local favorites! Of course, we just NEED you to try out the local staple: The Garbage Plate! There are so many places around the area to pick up a plate, but you always have to start at the birthplace: Nick Tahou’s!
We also need to treat you to the best burger at Swillburger//Playhouse where not only can you enjoy delicious eats, but you also get to play your favorite childhood arcade games!
#4 – Wall\Therapy
Wall\Therapy is a non-profit working to inspire and heal our city through beautiful art. The city is a canvas for local and world renowned artists to showcase their work and share it with everyone. If street art is your thing–and even if it isn’t–you’ll find yourself moved and sometimes challenged by all the various samplings of art available to the eye through Wall\Therapy.
#5 – High Falls
When a waterfall runs through the middle of your city, it’s going to shape not only its geography, but also its industry and history. Stroll with us through the area that made Rochester the Flour City. Take in amazing views, catch a few ghost signs, and learn about how our city was shaped by the Genesee River.
There are so many more reasons to spend a gorgeous summer weekend in Rochester with the YUPs. Most of all we hope you will come to connect and have a good time, take in history and awesome architecture and live it up Rochester style!
Register here! (to help offest the costs of reserving space at Radio Social on Friday night, we’re asking for a voluntary $10 donation). Thanks and see you there!
The 4th meeting of the Rust Belt Coalition of Young Preservationists is almost here! Read up for details on the weekend.
Sleeping Arrangements:If you requested a place to sleep, you’ve already received an email with your assignment and details. If you have not received an email or have additional questions regarding lodging, contact Caitlin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Weekend Contact: Rust Belt Takeover weekends are fun, action-packed, and informal. If you get distracted with all Saint Louis has to offer and need to catch up with the group, call or text Katy at (412) 535-3533 to find out where everyone is at.
Packing / Prep List:
Register for Sunday’s Renegade Bus Tour (space is limited!)
Comfy shoes, rain gear, a flash light or head lamp (or, a cell phone with a flashlight app that we can duct tape to your head)
A six pack or growler of your favorite local brew for Saturday’s #beersavesplaces Rust Belt BYOB Craft Beer Competition
Clear off some space on that phone for serious IG and Snapchat action
Snacks + water
Orange: Scheduled Events
Blue: Other fun things to check out
Friday Evening / May 19
We’ll meet at the ST-STYLE Style House at 3159 Cherokee Street at 7p for a brief introduction to the Rust Belt Takeover weekend. Then, we’ll walk over to Earthbound Beer Stock House at 2720 Cherokee Street. Meet up with us whenever you get to town!
Cahokia Mounds. Photography courtesy of Don Burmeister and Ira Block
We’ll meet again at STL Style House at 3159 Cherokee StreetSaturday morning to caravan out to Cahokia Mounds and the National Buildings Art Center. Be sure to eat a hardy breakfast before you arrive at Cherokee Street. Mike Panzitta is not attending and granola breaks cannot be guaranteed.
1p: Lunch + Talk with the National Trust for Historic Preservation / National Buildings Art Center
Saturday Afternoon / May 20
It’s time to breakout and explore STL! Local historian Michael Allen will be providing a guided tour of the former grounds of the Pruitt Igoe Housing Complex. We also have provided lots of recommendations for those who would rather break out and see other exciting things Saint Louis has to offer.
Would you rather take advantage of Saint Louis lax liquor laws? Then head to the Soulard, the city’s oldest neighborhood, grab a drink, and wander around.
Or do you really want to dive into Saint Louis local brews? Check out the 6th Annual IndiHop, featuring over 50 local beers served inside 25 business at the Grove and Cherokee Street. 1p-7p / $30 tickets can be purchased here.
Whatever you choose, be sure to grab some dinner before heading to Dixie Cream Donut Flour Factory Saturday evening, or plan on grabbing a late dinner before heading back to Cherokee Street.
Saturday Evening / May 20
Who says we can’t party inside a vacant donut flour factory on Saturday? You bring your headlamp or a flashlight, and we’ll bring the donuts
We’ll also be holding the 2nd Annual #beersavesplaces Rust Belt BYOB Craft Brew Competition. Read up on the rules and learn how you can feature your favorite brew – whether it’s beer, cider, or soda – from your hometown (or your new favorite from STL : )
After the brew competition, we’ll all head back to Cherokee Street to check out the Lo-Fi Cherokee 2017 Premiere Party, and otherwise explore the night life on Cherokee Street. Tickets for the premiere party are $5 and can be purchased here. If the party isn’t your thing, grab a preservation buddy and take a stroll on Cherokee Street.
Sunday / May 21
Our friends and sponsors at Renegade STL are offering weekend attendees a free Whole Damn City bus tour on Sunday, May 21st! Thank goodness St. Louis isn’t a normal city, because Renegade doesn’t provide normal bus tours. Explore beyond the neat and tidy parts of the city, and discover the grandeur and the dark underbelly that is St. Louis. Expect a unique entertaining style, with lots of discussion and dialogue. And maybe a few curse words.