JLR Showcases Four Historic Homes on 2016 Home Tour

Media Contacts

Mary Grace McAleavey | 2016 JLR Home Tour Chair [email protected], (585) 755-1860

Laura Schulitz | 2016 JLR President [email protected], (585) 503-2304


Junior League of Rochester Showcases Four Historic Homes on 2016 Home Tour

Proceeds benefit the community development programs of the Junior League of Rochester


ROCHESTER, N.Y. May 3, 2016 — The Junior League of Rochester (JLR) is holding its 14th annual Home Tour on Saturday, May 7th, 2016 in the Cobb’s Hill Neighborhood from 10am-4pm. This year’s theme, You’re Invited will focus on hospitality and entertaining and will feature four homes, each designed and staged to showcase a particular social occasion, as well as highlight the imaginative vision of some of local interior designers and florists. The tour also features a special Hospitality House located at St. Thomas Episcopal Church.


The 2016 Home Tour, a charitable event organized by the JLR, gives local residents a chance to “peek inside” homes they might have previously admired from the street as well as learn about the great historical significance of this neighborhood and its unique homes.  All proceeds from the 2016 Home Tour benefit the JLR’s community service initiatives and volunteer programs in the greater Rochester area.


JLR Chair of Home Tour 2016, Mary Grace McAleavey is thrilled to share the historical significance and charm of the VERY neighborhood which she calls home. “It is my great pleasure to welcome visitors to the neighborhood my family calls home—Cobbs Hill. From its proximity to Washington Grove, a delightful urban oasis in our city, to the annual tradition (95 years and going strong) of Christmas Eve caroling, the Cobbs Hill neighborhood is truly something special. It is more than merely a collection of streets with houses. It is a community, it is a family, it is home.” says McAleavey.


Tickets for the Home Tour are available at www.jlroch.org/home-tour, and all area Wegmans locations through Friday, May 6th for $20. Tickets are available the day of the tour, May 7th, at St. Thomas Episcopal Church (2000 Highland Ave, Rochester, NY 14618) for $25.


About the Cobbs Hill Neighborhood:

The Cobbs Hill neighborhood, nestled picturesquely against the south-eastern slope of the hill with which it shares a name, is comprised of majestic tree-lined streets lit by distinctive streetlamps, and an impressive variety of domestic architecture. Built between 1922 and 1935, the houses in Cobbs Hill represent such varied architectural styles as: English Colonial Revival, English Cottage, Tudor Revival, Garrison Colonial, Dutch Colonial Revival, Spanish Colonial Revival, Prairie, Craftsman, and Eclectic.


About the Junior League of Rochester:

The Junior League of Rochester, Inc. (JLR) reaches out to women of all races, religions, and national origins, who demonstrate an interest in and commitment to voluntarism. It is part of the Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc. (AJLI), which includes nearly 300 Leagues in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and England. The JLR is committed to providing resources and programs to improve the lives of those who live in the Rochester area. The JLR believes by concentrating volunteer efforts we can increase the impact in the local community. The League focus is “improving the lives of women and children in our community.”

Since its inception in 1933, the JLR has donated more than two million hours of community service to the greater Rochester community. Many well-known Rochester programs were started or organized by the JLR, including the Discovery Room at the George Eastman House, the YWCA Working Wardrobe, and the Rochester Toy Library. In addition, the JLR’s signature program, GIRLSrock!, which focuses on self-esteem, nutrition, leadership, and mentoring, has positively impacted the lives of more than 300 young women in our area. Recently, League members have volunteered their time with the Sojourner House Dreamseeds Program, ROC City Bottoms Diaper Bank, and in Albany, advocating for an end to human trafficking by supporting the passage of the Trafficking Victim’s Protection and Justice Act.