Medina Sandstone Hall of Fame seeks more wall space in City Hall

Photo by Tom Rivers: David Miller, chairman of the Medina Sandstone Hall of Fame Committee, is shown last Oct. 20 when three more sites were inducted into the Hall of Fame. Miller and Jim Hancock, another committee member, asked the Village Board for more wall space in the main meeting room at City Hall.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 22 June 2023 at 3:49 pm

MEDINA – The Medina Sandstone Society has inducted 35 sites in its Hall of Fame and expects to keep inducting more in the next several years.

The Hall of Fame is in the main meeting room at City Hall. The Hall of Fame is running out of wall space.

Two of the Hall of Fame Committee members, Dave Miller and Jim Hancock, asked the Village Board to allow for more space for the Hall of Fame to recognize outstanding structures made of Medina Sandstone.

They suggested a wall that includes many portraits of past Medina mayors be used for the hall of Fame when it runs out of space for new hall of Fame inductees.

Mayor Mike Sidari said the Village Board will work with the Sandstone Society to provide more space for the display of Hall of Fame structures. Takeform in Medina makes the plaques of the honorees without charging the Sandstone Society.

The Hall of Fame started in 2013 and is seeking nominees for its 10th anniversary class.

The Hall of Fame includes churches, mansions, civic buildings, monuments and public works projects from Erie, Pa., to Buffalo, Batavia, Rochester, the Finger Lakes region and several in Orleans County.

About 70 sites have now been nominated for the hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame Committee wants to recognize Medina Sandstone sites with exceptional beauty, architectural uniqueness and longevity, or as Miller said, sites “that have the wow effect.”

Nominations should be made by June 30. People can nominate a site by filling out a form:

(Editor’s Note: Orleans Hub editor Tom Rivers also is a member of the Medina Sandstone Hall of Fame Committee.)