Medina Journal-Register — Last month, the sandstone fame of Orleans County got a regional publicity boost when the Sandstone Hall of Fame was unveiled at City Hall in Medina, and now the general public is invited to view a beefed-up and expanded exhibit. The date set for a public open house is Feb. 1.
The December inaugural of the Hall of Fame turned out to be a memorable occasion and one entire wall of the council chamber at the local city hall was dedicated to a large display of plaques awarded to six outstanding stone structures.
“We’ve started to comb the state and this part of the world for dominant buildings made of the famous Medina sandstone,” said James Hancock, committee chairman.
“The idea seems to have rung a bell and it has generated a lot of publicity.”
Hancock was joined by David Miller and John Slack last year in creating the new Hall of Fame, which exists as a program of the Medina Sandstone Society. They received 22 nominations for structures to be honored in the Class of 2013 and six were picked. The committee expects to see the idea grow with each passing year.
Next Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. the City Hall chamber which houses the Hall of Fame exhibit will be opened specially to receive the public. Visitors are invited to drop in at their leisure during that four-hour period, view the enhanced exhibit, and enjoy a cup of coffee if desired.
The expansion of the Hall of Fame wall is notable because the artwork tells more of Orleans quarrying history. The committee sorted through hundreds of historic photographs to pick some of the best pictures of sandstone quarries, plus a few scenes of the local connection to the Erie Canal. “We are now ready to receive the public,” said the three leaders.