Medina Sandstone Society

Medina Sandstone Society In the fall of 2004, an idea was born which seems destined to provide pride in the historic heritage of Medina, NY and a springboard for worthy civic projects—building on this heritage. Robert E. Waters, a one-time head of the Medina Armory Action Committee, formed in 1978 to put an abandoned National Guard armory to appropriate public use, realized that the handsome and historic Medina armory was in need of exterior care after a century of use. The Orleans County YMCA (formed around 1980) is currently the occupant and title-holder of the building and it has been a substantial success in giving its program to the public. The “Y” can basically see to interior care of the large castellated structure, but exterior maintenance is on-going and challenging. The Sandstone Society has taken some of this responsibility on its shoulders to support the “Y”. (Funds for this work are a year-to-year challenge.) Mr. Waters immediately called upon Charles W. Slack, another former chairman of the Armory Action Committee and they brought together about a dozen remaining members of that committee who still have enthusiasm for the beauty of the armory and its history. Thus came into existence THE MEDINA SANDSTONE SOCIETY. It was well received and has taken a major role among civic organizations in Medina.
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Since our founding in 2004, the Medina Sandstone Society has worked to develop our organization with loyalty and pride for our hometown of Medina, NY. Accomplishments......... Historic Preservation & Networking •Survey of sandstone homes & buildings •Renovations to the Medina Armory/YMCA building •Formed alliances with professionals such as historical preservationists, architects, stone cutters & journeymen •Cataloging sandstone stockpiles •Hosted Landmark Society Conference Education •Study Medina's origin & growth •Link with local schools in local history and provide informative lectures •Works closely with Medina Historical Society and Orleans County Historians •Developed a traveling kiosk to display at local businesses, organizations & events •Published local historical material such as "Rock-Ribbed Towns" and newsletters Civic Pride •Supported the creation of the Company F Military Memorial •Supports the YMCA •Sponsors Medina Sandstone Walking Tours •Participates in Medina festivals celebrating Old Home Days, the Erie Canal and Holidays •Meet & Greet at the Medina Spring Home Show •Public reception to salute the Schooner Lois McClure Gifts, Grants & Awards •Provided personal awards to civic boosters •Dedicated an historic sandstone tablet to the City of Buffalo •Dedicated a heritage stone tablet to Medina Trustees •Created Medina Sandstone Trust to further support our historic preservation and community service

Mission: The Medina Sandstone Society, Inc., organized under the not-for-profit laws of New York State, calls focus on the village’s notable industrial past and especially the affection of the world’s builders for our native sandstone. We use that image to build local pride, to support hometown initiatives, to embrace historic preservation and to help the Medina area in modern times to reach its full potential.

05/20/2019
Medina Sandstone Bus Tour to Buffalo, NY

On May 8 The Medina Sandstone Society sponsored a day long tour of distinguished sandstone acclaimed buildings in Buffalo. The sites chosen to tour had previously been inducted into the Sandstone Hall of Fame.

Forty participants from Medina, Albion, Lockport, Pavilion, Bergen, Wilson, Middleport and Batavia gathered at the Medina City Hall which houses the Sandstone Hall of Fame. Guests were greeted by Medina mayor Michael Sidari and Sandstone president, David Miller. President Miller traced the history of the formation of the Hall of Fame which originated in 2013 and recognizes outstanding sandstone architecture in the states of New York and Pennsylvania.

This tour focused on sandstone architecture in Buffalo and included site visits to the Hotel Henry, St. Louis Roman Catholic Church and St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral. The group disembarked for a narrated tour of the Hotel Henry located on the acclaimed Richardson Olmsted campus. Originally built in 1871 the complex was formerly the Buffalo State Asylum for the insane. The group gathered for lunch at the 100 Acres restaurant located in the Hotel Henry. The Richardson Olmsted historian, Corey Fabian Barrett remarked the name 100 acres was selected to acknowledge that for many years, patients of the asylum planted and harvested gardens as part of “enlightened treatment” therapy originally introduced by Dr. Thomas Story Kirkbride. Dr. Story Kirkbride strongly supported the belief that nature was an integral role in the rehabilitation of those suffering from mental illness. The restoration of the mixed use campus includes a boutique hotel, event and conference space, gardens, walkways and also houses the Lipsey Architecture Center/Buffalo.

After lunch, drive by highlights of other Sandstone Hall of Fame inductees including, the Lafayette Lofts, Buffalo Connecticut Street Armory, and First Presbyterian Church were pointed out by president Miller. The group disembarked and toured St. Louis Church where historian Michael Riester presented a narrative of the church and its significance to the early religious development of the community.

The group was then driven by Asbury Hall/Babeville and on to St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral. At Saint Paul’s, docent Del Milander spoke to the resilience of Medina sandstone after the cathedral was “nearly vanquished in a gas explosion and resulting fire”. While the interior was destroyed, the exterior walls of Medina sandstone remained solid.

The trip, designed as a first time venture outside of Orleans County, was well received and intended as a way to leisurely acquaint sandstone enthusiasts with remarkable treasures in the Buffalo region, and will be followed in the future with other related programs.

There are a few remaining seats on the bus. Join us on Wednesday, May 8th for a full day tour of Buffalo’s acclaimed M...
04/29/2019

There are a few remaining seats on the bus. Join us on Wednesday, May 8th for a full day tour of Buffalo’s acclaimed Medina Sandstone landmarks, including a tour of Hotel Henry and lunch at 100 Acres Restaurant, tours of St. Louis Church and St. Paul’s Cathedral, and drive-by viewing of four additional sandstone structures.

Gathering at 8:30 AM at Medina City Hall, 600 Main Street, Medina and returning at approximately 5:00 PM.

$80.00 all-inclusive for transportation, lunch & gratuity.

Please send your contact information and reservation check payable to: Medina Sandstone Society, PO Box 25, Medina, NY 14103 and indicate one of the following lunch choices: Bistro Salad, Hot Sandwich or Cold Wrap. Thank You!

For additional information: www.sandstonesociety.org
Sue Holland ([email protected]/585-721-3809)

Medina Sandstone Society's cover photo
10/19/2018

Medina Sandstone Society's cover photo

Interesting article by Matt Ballard, the Orleans County Historian regarding the immigrants and the local sandstone indus...
09/22/2018
Growth of Sandstone Industry Driven by Immigrants | Orleans County Department of History

Interesting article by Matt Ballard, the Orleans County Historian regarding the immigrants and the local sandstone industry.
http://orleanscountyhistorian.org/growth-of-sandstone-industry-driven-by-immigrants/

Growth of Sandstone Industry Driven by Immigrants Posted by County Historian Sep - 22 - 2018 0 Comment Volume 4, Issue 38 The impact of Medina Sandstone extends beyond the beautiful structures that built from the durable material. Since the initial discovery of the resource during the construction o...

Founded in 2004, the Medina Sandstone Society today is a New York State not-for-profit corporation with the purpose of b...
09/07/2018

Founded in 2004, the Medina Sandstone Society today is a New York State not-for-profit corporation with the purpose of becoming a viable community asset to aid local programs.

The 2017 Medina Sandstone Society Hall of Fame Inductees. Representatives from the following buildings are shown: Holy S...
09/07/2018

The 2017 Medina Sandstone Society Hall of Fame Inductees. Representatives from the following buildings are shown:
Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Rochester
First Lutheran Church in Jamestown
Richmond Library in Batavia
First Presbyterian Church in Albion

Medina Sandstone Society's cover photo
11/29/2015

Medina Sandstone Society's cover photo

Medina Sandstone Society's cover photo
08/06/2015

Medina Sandstone Society's cover photo

08/05/2015
A Tribute to Robert E. Waters

As we mourn the loss of our leader, Robert E. Waters today, I'd like to share this montage of Bob's dedication to our community and the Medina Sandstone Society. Thanks for the memories!

Thank you to all who came out to the Sandstone Society's annual Historic Walk 8/09/14 and especially for our tour guides...
08/10/2014

Thank you to all who came out to the Sandstone Society's annual Historic Walk 8/09/14 and especially for our tour guides and fellow historians, Todd Bensley and Bill Lattin for leading the pack. It was a beautiful day to learn about local history, visit the Sweets in Summer at our local merchants and attend a canal side concert!

Nominate an important sandstone structure for the 2014 Class of the Hall of Fame! Nominations are taken at http://sandst...
08/05/2014
Medina Sandstone Society

Nominate an important sandstone structure for the 2014 Class of the Hall of Fame! Nominations are taken at http://sandstonesociety.org/hof_nominations.php. Deadline is August 9, 2014.

The Medina Sandstone Society – Hall of Fame selection committee is currently asking for nominations for the Class of 2014 Hall of Fame Inductees.

ON SALE NOW: Sandstone Hall of Fame note cards! These note cards are among the best ever because they are LOCAL and they...
05/07/2014

ON SALE NOW: Sandstone Hall of Fame note cards! These note cards are among the best ever because they are LOCAL and they bear the true theme of our sandstone. Each individual note card has a handsome image of an outstanding building voted into the Medina Sandstone Hall of Fame. Each has a descriptive message and an envelope and they’re sure to impress any recipient. A box of 8 assorted cards is $10. Available at the Medina Visitors Center, Ashlee's Place, English Rose Tea Shoppe, A Lily & A Sparrow, Bindings Bookstore (Albion) and online at www.sandstonesociety.org/shop. Proceeds benefit the Medina Sandstone Trust. MAKES A GREAT MOTHER'S DAY GIFT!

04/26/2014
Heritage Heroes set example in preserving past community identity

Congratulations to Medina Sandstone Society's Bob Waters & Craig Lacy for being honored as a Heritage Hero, 4/25/14! http://www.orleanshub.com/news2014/Heritage-Heroes-set-example-in-preserving-past-community-identity.htm

The following were recognized as Heritage Heroes on Friday at GCC during the Civil War Encampment, from left: Bill Lattin, Matthew Ballard, Chris Busch, Robert Waters (also accepting for Craig Lacey), and Clarendon Town Historian Melissa Ierlan (accepting on behalf of Erin Anheier).

Hall of Fame Open House, 2/01/14, introducing the 2013 Sandstone Hall of Fame inductees, enlarged vintage photos, MSS pu...
02/02/2014

Hall of Fame Open House, 2/01/14, introducing the 2013 Sandstone Hall of Fame inductees, enlarged vintage photos, MSS publications and the new HOF notecards (which we sold out of!). More will be available for sale soon. Thank you to all who visited, from both near & far!

City Hall Doors Open Feb. 1st from 1 to 5 PM for Public 'Hall of Fame' Showing! For the first time since its historic in...
01/28/2014

City Hall Doors Open Feb. 1st from 1 to 5 PM for Public 'Hall of Fame' Showing! For the first time since its historic inaugural program, the Sandstone Hall of Fame will be on display - in a greatly enhanced form - in the Council Chamber of City Hall. All interested citizens are cordially invited to savor the sandstone fame of Orleans County and view the six outstanding structures chosen for honors in the first year. Plus new art work that has been added. There is no charge for this showing and a souvenir will go to each visitor. The fame of Medina Sandstone has never had a better salute.

The day of this exhibit coincides with the hugely popular program in Medina called "WINE ABOUT WINTER". While we will not be a tasting station, the crowd circulating from store to store will find the "HALL OF FAME" a good extra stop. Please join us for a brief time at your convenience. You will be warmly greeted!

Visit our website www.sandstonesociety.org to view the new Sandstone Hall of Fame page and inaugural recipients. Also, f...
12/21/2013
Medina Sandstone Society & Trust

Visit our website www.sandstonesociety.org to view the new Sandstone Hall of Fame page and inaugural recipients. Also, for last minute Christmas gifts, check out our online Gift Shop! Give a piece of Medina history this season!

Founded in 2004, the Medina Sandstone Society today is a New York State not-for-profit corporation with the purpose of becoming a viable community asset to aid local programs. The Sandstone Society has engaged in a wide variety of activities, including:

07/23/2013

Medina’s annual Historic Walk, sponsored by the Sandstone Society, will take place on Saturday, August 10, at 2:30, at Boxwood Cemetery and will offer a generous slice of history surrounding some of the village’s most prominent people buried there. It is the fifth year for the Historic Walk with others having covered the downtown area of Medina, the Erie Canal basin, a historic residential district and three sandstone churches. Tour guides will be Orleans County Historian William Lattin, Todd Bensley, village historian of Medina; Adam Tabelski, who has made history a hobby, and Craig Lacy, an official of the Medina Historical Society.

Following the Historic Walk, a special event will be held in the Canal Basin at Medina from 4-8 PM featuring Medina’s popular Dave Viterna blues group and a visiting Creek Bend Band performing Blue Grass music. The music will run from 4 to 8 p.m.

There is no charge for these events and the Sandstone Society and Medina Tourism offers them as a public service.

http://www.orleanshub.com/news/Its-showtime.html
04/13/2013
It’s showtime

http://www.orleanshub.com/news/Its-showtime.html

Bob Waters, president of the Medina Sandstone Society, signs a copy of the organization’s latest publication, “Medina, My Home Town – Fond Memories.” Waters and the Sandstone Society are among 56 vendors at today’s Home and Garden Show at the 4-H Fairgrounds in Knowlesville. In photo below, Clor’s M...

Timeline Photos
11/27/2012

Timeline Photos

Tom Snyder unveils a sandstone tablet to dedicate the former Journal Register building to Bob Waters and his father, Alo...
11/25/2012

Tom Snyder unveils a sandstone tablet to dedicate the former Journal Register building to Bob Waters and his father, Alonzo at the Medina Christmas Festival, 11/24/12. Nice job to all involved!

The second printing of the postcard book, "Greetings from Medina, New York" is now available for sale at The Book Shoppe...
11/09/2012

The second printing of the postcard book, "Greetings from Medina, New York" is now available for sale at The Book Shoppe in Medina or online at www.sandstonesociety.org/shop/. What a great Christmas present it would make!

The Sandstone Trust of Medina, now in its third year, has announced that it will receive applications until November 9th...
10/16/2012
Medina Sandstone Society & Trust

The Sandstone Trust of Medina, now in its third year, has announced that it will receive applications until November 9th for 2012 grants. The application process is open to organizations and programs in Medina and the immediate surrounding area which qualify through tax or regulatory status --- and which have a clear profile to benefit the community. Over the past 2 years, over $7,000 was distributed to 17 applicants and four recipients of student scholarships. Applications can be downloaded at www.sandstonesociety.org.

Founded in 2004, the Medina Sandstone Society today is a New York State not-for-profit corporation with the purpose of becoming a viable community asset to aid local programs. The Sandstone Society has engaged in a wide variety of activities, including:

Craig Lacy & Bob Waters accept an award from GO Art on behalf of the Medina Sandstone Society as Chris Busch accepts an ...
10/07/2012

Craig Lacy & Bob Waters accept an award from GO Art on behalf of the Medina Sandstone Society as Chris Busch accepts an award for his contributions to the village of Medina and the Orleans Renaissance Group. Congratulations!

08/10/2012

The Annual Historic Walk on Saturday, 8/11/12 will include a tour of Bent's Opera House!

Annual Historic Walk to end with Canalside Concert, August 11, 2012. Read more at http://www.sandstonesociety.org
08/01/2012
Medina Sandstone Society & Trust

Annual Historic Walk to end with Canalside Concert, August 11, 2012. Read more at http://www.sandstonesociety.org

Founded in 2004, the Medina Sandstone Society today is a New York State not-for-profit corporation with the purpose of becoming a viable community asset to aid local programs. The Sandstone Society has engaged in a wide variety of activities, including:

Robert E. Waters introduces the new book, "Greetings from Medina, NY", Medina's history reflected in those beloved penny...
04/14/2012

Robert E. Waters introduces the new book, "Greetings from Medina, NY", Medina's history reflected in those beloved penny post cards (1895 - 1920)...hot off the presses! Stop by the Medina Sandstone Society's booth at the Home Show this weekend at the Orleans County Fairgrounds. Proceeds from the sale of this go toward supplementing the Medina Sandstone Trust. Also available at The Book Shoppe in Medina.

07/28/2011
History - Richardson Center Corporation

History - Richardson Center Corporation

Preserving Buffalo's H.H. Richardson buildings, creating an Architecture and Visitor Center and reviving the Olmsted landscape of the original Buffalo State Asylum for the Insane is so much more than just saving an historic landmark.

Medina Sandstone Society & Trust
06/14/2011
Medina Sandstone Society & Trust

Medina Sandstone Society & Trust

Founded in 2004, the Medina Sandstone Society today is a New York State not-for-profit corporation with the purpose of becoming a viable community asset to aid local programs. The Sandstone Society has engaged in a wide variety of activities, including:

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The Sandstone Trust of Medina ---- an arm of the Sandstone Society --- awarded a dozen financial grants late in 2011 as its FIRST year of grantsmanship. A total of $3,700 was distributed to organizations like the Medina Historical Society, Lee Whedon Library, Orleans Christian School, Head Start School, Medina Parent Teachers Group, The Parade of Lights, The Decorate Medina Program, The Arc of Orleans, The Renaissance Group, etc. etc. Trust grants are given each year starting with applications in October and November.

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