Medina Journal-Register — “This is something that will be here forever, like the sandstone itself.”
Indeed, Medina sandstone has been used in structures throughout Orleans County, New York State and various parts of the world since the mid-1800s. As Bob Waters of the Medina Sandstone Society said, the stone is quite ancient and everlasting.
“It took Mother Nature 400 million years to turn sand into sandstone,” he said, alluding to the longevity of the structures made with the rock.
Waters welcomed a small crowd to Medina Village Hall Thursday afternoon at the inaugural induction of the Medina Sandstone Society Hall of Fame. The committee tasked with naming the first Hall class was made up of Jim Hancock, Dave Miller and John Slack.
“It’s kind of exciting to have people here from other communities interested in this,” Hancock said. “It’s really gratifying to us to see they feel this is important, too.”
Miller said the process of determining the first inductees was enjoyable.
“It was a great opportunity to see buildings in Western New York we were not aware of,” Miller said, “and we hope it extends and continues and people recognize that there are so many beautiful buildings featuring sandstone.”
Together the committee joked that they are trying to get the Sandstone Society to authorize an expense account for travel to London’s Buckingham Palace, where some Medina sandstone is reportedly part of the structure. “Bob (Waters) said we’ve got $100 to work with,” Hancock chuckled.
Slack said the Hall of Fame committee is already looking forward to next year’s class and will eventually map out road trips to scout future nominations. It is expected, according to the committee, that the Hall of Fame inductions become an annual event.
As for the first-ever Medina Sandstone Society Hall of Fame Class, it includes six structures, all of which call Western New York home. The class includes the Medina Armory (currently housing the Orleans County YMCA), St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral in Buffalo, Pullman Memorial Universalist Church in Albion, St. Bernard’s Seminary in Rochester, St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Medina, and the Richardson/Olmsted Complex in Buffalo.