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Two local sites added to historic register

Sep 22, 2015 12:03 am
[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="660"] Christ Episcopal Church, Greenville
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Casey Seiler is reporting at Capitol Confidential Tracy Memorial Village Hall in Chatham, and Christ Church in Greenville are two of 27 properties recommended by the New York State Board for Historic Preservation for addition to the State and National Registers of Historic Places. “These sites are the locations of significant moments in New York’s rich history that in many cases reverberated across the nation and beyond,” Governor Cuomo said in a statement released Mon., Sept. 21. The Tracy Memorial Village Hall is a Neoclassical style building, erected in 1912. It was designed by architect and landscape designer Horace Whittier Peaslee, a native of Columbia County who rose to national prominence. The construction was funded by the Tracy family in memory of Albert E. Tracy, who died in 1910. Christ Church was built in 1857, and was made of locally quarried red sandstone. The church’s cemetery is the final resting place for some notable leaders including a former governor, Benjamin Franklin Perry, and Vardry McBee, "The Father of Greenville." The structure is "an outstanding and remarkably intact example of Gothic Revival religious architecture," according to the Board for Historic Preservation. The designation allows owners of the sites and historic preservation groups access to state and federal grant funds to maintain and improve the locations. Read the full story at Capitol Confidential, a Times Union blog.