New class of spectacular Medina Sandstone sites to be inducted Oct.19

Posted 3 October 2017 at 8:35 am

File photo by Tom Rivers: This stone carving of a face is part of the Richmond Memorial Library in Batavia, a Medina Sandstone building that was completed in 1889. It has been nominated for the Medina Sandstone Hall of Fame.

Press Release, Medina Sandstone Hall of Fame

MEDINA – The Medina Sandstone Society will induct its Class of 2017 into the Medina Sandstone Hall of Fame on Oct. 19.

The new class will be honored with a reception in Medina City Hall, 600 Main St. at 1 p.m.

In attendance will be representatives of the four award-winning sandstone structures located in four Western NY counties  Orleans, Monroe, Genesee and Chautauqua.

Also attending the award presentation will be local dignitaries and members of the Sandstone Society called “Stonecutters” who provide financial support and assistance.

The 2017 Class is the fifth Hall of Fame Class to be inducted since the original class in 2013. Selections to the 2017 class included six new nominations received this past year, as well as over 20 previous nominations not yet inducted.

The Medina Sandstone Hall of Fame reflects the century from 1830 to 1930 when Medina Sandstone was a favored building material of famed builders and architects, and was used in countless churches, homes and public edifices, not to mention long spans of city streets and curbing. It was used all over America, overseas, and remains largely intact today.

Structures chosen for the Hall of Fame are outstanding buildings made of Medina Sandstone. The Hall of Fame Selection Committee made trips around the state and contiguous areas to research and photograph the buildings nominated.

Selection criteria include architectural uniqueness, beauty, preservation efforts, and functional status. Each inductee is presented with a handsome plaque to display within the structure. A companion plaque is then shown in the Hall of Fame itself.

For additional information about the Medina Sandstone Society and the Hall of Fame please visit their website at:

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