By HOWARD BALABAN
Medina Journal-Register — Nearly two dozen structures were unveiled as nominations to the inaugural class of the Sandstone Society Hall of Fame at a reception Thursday at the Medina Theater.
The Hall of Fame was founded by society members Jim Hancock, Dave Miller, and John Slack. In all, 21 nominees were announced on Thursday.
“We put out a call for nominees over the summer,” Hancock recalled. “We had a bunch of nominees from all over New York.” The nominees came from Rochester, Buffalo, Albany, and the Southern Tier. As one might expect, the majority of nominees came from the Orleans County area, Hancock noted.
He continued, “We want to contribute to community education with this.”
Hancock credited one of the Sandstone Society’s Stonecutters with the original idea for the Hall of Fame. Hancock, Miller, and Slack made up the selection committee.
The committee spent the summer poring over nominees, reviewing information and descriptions of different sandstone structures.
Miller said it was nice to see the enthusiasm.
“People seem to have an interest in restoration of these structures,” he said.
Hancock said the stonecutters, who are contributors to the society, were approached for possible nominees first. He said Thursday’s event presented just a taste of what will soon be scheduled for November, when the Sandstone Society will announce its first batch of Hall of Famers. An induction ceremony will follow some time in December.
“Creating this will help give everyone a greater understanding of how many structures include Medina Sandstone, both here and abroad,” Miller said.
Hancock added, “Having the Hall of Fame is another way to show pride in Medina, because sandstone is used worldwide, and we’re keeping the memory of sandstone alive.”
The reception included a thank-you presentation by Sandstone Society President Bob Waters. The community was recognized for its support of the Sandstone Society. Waters particularly mentioned such local businesses as Medina Savings and Loan, the Bank of Castile, and the Medina Central School District for their buildings and grounds which feature sandstone. A number of local organizations were also thanked for their continued support.