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South tower on St. Mary’s gets a repair

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 24 July 2013 at 12:00 am

Photos courtesy of Chris Busch – Workers were at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Medina on Tuesday, making a repair to the south tower of the landmark church.

MEDINA – One of Orleans County’s most iconic structures, St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Medina, has the attention of contractors, who are making a repair to the south tower of the church.

Chris Busch, a member of the Holy Trinity Parish in Medina, took these photos of workers in action on Tuesday.

“The structure is arguably one of the finest sandstone buildings in Orleans County and Western New York,” Busch wrote in an email.

Construction started on the church in 1902. It was complete in 1904. St. Mary’s was built in a 14th Century English Gothic design.

“It is an outstanding example of the ecclesiastical Gothic Revival architecture of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries,” Busch said, quoting from a brochure on the history of St. Mary’s. “It rivals many other examples in the region and the state in size, design, and stature.”

The southern spire measures 100 feet, while the northern tower soars 170 feet high.