Medina Sandstone Society
Dedicated to Historic Preservation, Medina, NY, USA
The Medina Sandstone Society is a closely-woven, rather cloistered group
of Medina residents, dedicated to historic preservation and especially
to protecting the time-honored reputation of a magnificent building material
called MEDINA SANDSTONE. The society works hand-in-hand with the Medina
Historical Society, an active organization which maintains its own
museum and meets monthly.
Rev. Date January 26, 2006
Our Origins and Purpose
Discovered in the early 1800s in a vein running from southern Ontario
to eastern Orleans County, NY, the magnificent Medina Sandstone became
the king of building materials in many areas around the world --- Buckingham
Palace, the New York State Capitol, churches, business structures, many
fine private mansions, widely for streets and curbing. It can be seen
in numerous Village of Medina structures. It is beautiful, comes in several
shades, is very long lasting, has a crushing strain factor superior to
most all marbles, limestones, granites, and is totally fireproof. It
is truly "king", but sadly is no longer quarried, having been
rendered too expensive by the onset of concrete.
The Sandstone Society meets on call of its leaders, dubbed Ashlar 12x12,
and tries to get together for a convivial luncheon at least quarterly.
It currently has about a dozen charter members and the founding date
was November 2004. Its initial goal is to finance certain selected preservation
projects and its first is the century-old Medina Armory. Extensive exterior
renovations are in progress and there are plans to erect a permanent
memorial stone in honor of soldiers who served out of that building.
William Menz heads the memorial stone project.
Current society co-leaders (Ashlar) are Charles W. Slack and Robert
E. Waters. Guests or interested parties are always invited to inquire
about the society or attend meetings.
For more information, call 585-798-3218
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.