levitt Amp Utica

     Great Music Coming to the Great Lawn

On January 5, the Levitt Foundation named Utica, as one of 15 small to mid-sized towns and cities across America to win a Levitt AMP Grant Award of $25K in matching funds to present a free concert series on the Great Lawn of Rutger Park. The R2G Utica Urban Studio partnered with the City of Utica, Landmarks Society of Greater Utica, Utica Monday Nite and Midtown Community Utica Center to submit their Levitt AMP proposal.

The public chose the Top 25 national finalists via a 4-week online voting process and the Levitt Foundation ultimately selected Utica as one of the 15 awardees. Through its support of creative place making projects, the Levitt Foundation and the Amp Grants empower communities to transform neglected public spaces into welcoming destinations where the power of free, live music brings people together and invigorates community life.

While details are pending, the funding will be matched by private donations and community in-kind services to present 10 free live music concerts every Monday evening, from June 6 – August 8, on the Great Lawn of Rutger Park, at this historic venue.

The Landmarks Society of Greater Utica is proud to be the selected location of such an outstanding opportunity for our community.  We are excited to be in a position to introduce high caliber entertainment and a multitude of people to our Rutger Park and its Mansions. This opportunity will enable us to showcase the historic gems we have and why their preservation and restoration are so important to the City of Utica.


The Landmarks Society of Greater Utica
Preserving the Past, Protecting the Future

Mission: To promote the preservation and restoration of historically and architecturally significant buildings and sites. Through projects, community education, advocacy, marketing and planned activities, the Society engages its’ members, partners and the community in preserving the past and protecting the future.

The Leading Voice

The Landmarks Society of Greater Utica was chartered by the State of New York on October 25, 1974, as a nonprofit educational corporation to preserve historic buildings and districts in the Greater Utica Area. Since its inception, Landmarks has been the leading voice for the preservation and restoration of historic, irreplaceable buildings, districts and sites in the Greater Utica Area.

We value the architectural richness of these structures, the special character they give to our neighborhoods and communities, and the contributions they make to our area’s economy, culture and unique sense of place. Our members represent all ages, professions and walks of life – but come together to share a common enthusiasm for historic buildings, to raise public awareness of their importance, and to advocate their protection and reuse in a variety of ways.

Landmarks is known and respected for its long-term dedication and substantial contributions to the preservation of historic architecture, proven expertise in preservation of historic properties and dedication to improving quality of life, economic development and heritage tourism. We have accomplished this through public education and events, an extensive network of partners and hands-on preservation of important historic structures.

Specific examples of this success include projects such as the rejuvenation and transformation of Union Station into a regional transportation and municipal center; saving 3 Steuben Park and fighting to maintain the architectural integrity of the Rutger-Steuben Historic District; the professional restoration of the Swan Fountain on the Parkway; the 2004 reopening of the Mohawk Valley Psychiatric Center’s “Old Main” building as the Records Archive for the New York State Office of Mental Health; the current revitalization that is happening in the 200 block of Bleecker Street in Utica; and, of course, since 2008, our main focus has been the on-going work at Rutger Park.

Become a member or donate today to help us continue save the past, while protecting it’s future.