The Belvidere Cornerstone

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Lisa Robinson painted this 15 years ago. Please visit her website at https://www.lisarobinsonwatercolors.com/

The Christ Episcopal Church on the corner of State Route 19 and County Road 20, just off I-86 has been listed since 1930 as a “Chapel at Ease” and opened twice yearly, usually in June and September. It was officially decommissioned as a Church in July of 2018.

Mary Warner, owner of the local print shop Angelica Ink, Bob Dorsey, local historian and Susan Doran, visiting Artist in Residence have joined together to bring new life to the property and hope the community will join them. Located in the center of Allegany County, it will be a perfect spot for the new use of the building, a community gathering space.

When the property became available the new owners had many ideas about how to repurpose the older structure for modern use. The first use considered was opening it up to the public to view the Gothic Revival style architecture that landed the building on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. Other uses include a museum capturing local history, lecture and performance venue for art, history, music and local authors. The possibilities are endless.

The trio is looking for information about the property. Copies of photos, maps, drawings, stories or ephemera of any kind would be a great addition to the museums collection. If you would like to share your knowledge please reach out via email at thebelviderecornerstone@gmail.com or attend the open house at the Belvidere Cornerstone on Sunday, July 28, 2019, 2-4 pm, 5781 County Route 20, Belmont, NY.

You can follow the progress by going to www.BelvidereCornerstone.com and signing up on the email list.

 
Mary, Bob & Susan welcome you to the Belvidere Cornerstone.

Mary, Bob & Susan welcome you to the Belvidere Cornerstone.

Beautiful blossoms frame the front view of the Belvidere Cornerstone.

Beautiful blossoms frame the front view of the Belvidere Cornerstone.

The property was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974 because of the Gothic Revival Style frame and Carpenter Gothic elements.

The property was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974 because of the Gothic Revival Style frame and Carpenter Gothic elements.