Schoen Place is, in the words of nominator Louis Gitsis, a “Perfect place to spend the day.”
Local families and many tourists to the area would agree.
A retail and public promenade in the village of Pittsford, it is the most intact, authentic Erie Canal waterfront mill district remaining in New York state that has been rehabilitated for modern use. A rehabilitated grain silo, plenty of shading elms, docks, seating and old buildings present a striking view from any angle. A proliferation of ducks, quaint retail shops and rides on the Sam Patch replica canal packet boat help complete the ambience.
The shops and eateries in this area are connected by a picturesque towpath. Shoppers mingle with sight-seers and exercise buffs. It’s a happy mix of visitors and hometown folks. The engaging view, combined with the unique assortment of shops, offers a one-of-a-kind treat. Shop shelves brim with custom crafts and collectibles, woodwork and topiary, keepsakes and gifts.
In addition to overlooking the Erie Canal, Schoen Place is adjacent to protected farmland and the highly walkable and historic village of Pittsford.
And what cool place would be complete without a running controversy of some kind? There seems to be some dispute about whether “Schoen” is pronounced “shone” or “shane.” Take your pick; just beware that a controversy does exist.
The first dock and pavilion at Schoen Place were installed by the village. It took nine capital projects between 1995 and 2011 to make the space what it is, with the help of EDR Landscape Architects, Trowbridge Wolf Landscape Architects, and Douglas McCord Landscape Architect.