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Social Responsibility at the Ellwanger Estate B&B

The Ellwanger Estate B&B is please to announce that we have a vibrant social responsibility program in collaboration with the Landmark Society of WNY.

We believe that social responsibility is a “duty every individual has to perform so as to maintain a balance between the economy and the ecosystems”. Or simply put, The Ellwanger Estate B&B supports the Landmark Society’s cause financially and physically.

We decided to be much more intentional in 2018 with our giving. Instead of supporting the LMS here and there, we focused on what impacts our team, our customers, and our community. Here’s how we did it:

  • We picked the Landmark Society to support financially this year. In 2018 we picked a charity that was locally, served a cause that was important to us, and was relatable to many.

The Landmark’s mission is to protect the unique architectural heritage of our region and promote preservation & planning that fosters healthy, livable, and sustainable communities.

  • Our goal: To donate 15% of all projected profits this year. The LMS provides resources for our community, B&B guests and magical photo ops and weddings. It’s a great feeling of camaraderie when you walk into this “living museum” on “Twilight Tuesdays” to see an army of volunteers lovingly tending this secret garden.
  • We also picked a few organizations to support regularly. There are a few diseases that have personally impacted our team and my family. So we regularly participate in respite getaway weekends for David’s Refuge. This is our second year and look forward to a 3rd This has been where we get to show our support outside of our organizational goals.

We also support Memorial Art Gallery through our “Gallery and Galore” Package, offering our guests admission tickets as part of their stay at the Ellwanger Estate B&B.

And last, but never the least, our doors are always open to the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) as this was the 2008 RPO designer show house and will always be their home. “Mi Casa, Su Casa”.

One of the mottos that drives our daily actions is “giving is living.” We use it as a tool to bring a greater sense of purpose to our team and to our B&B guests.

The 2017 Statewide Preservation Conference returns to the city of Rochester, April 6-8th. And now the rest of the story…

The Landmark Society of Western New York’s bulletin announced:  “The 2017 Statewide Preservation Conference returns to the city of Rochester, April 6-8th. Downtown Rochester is undergoing a profound transformation, fueled in large part by historic preservation. “In short, preservation will surround us at every turn”.

And now the rest of the story…

On a balmy September evening in 1937, Helen C. Ellwanger gathered her nearest and dearest friends and colleagues into the Ellwanger Estate carriage house and proceeded to form the Landmark Society of Western New York. This was part of an effort to save the deteriorated Greek Revival Campbell Whittlesey House on South Fitzhugh Street in the city. The Society went on to become an advocate for saving and restoring our area’s historic buildings. That was 80 years ago.

Her legacy continues here and now at her home: the Ellwanger Estate, which received the Landmark’s Historic Home Award in 2014. This award is given to owners of private residences for their continued care of and commitment to the preservation of an architecturally significant house over a minimum of seven years. So, In short, preservation does surround us at every turn.  Perhaps you would like to take a turn, as a guest at the Ellwanger Estate B&B.