Medina in Orleans County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
—Patrick O'Grady: Sandstone Builder —
Born in 1828 in County Mayo, Ireland, Patrick O'Grady was well known for designing and building some of Medina's finest sandstone buildings. Among others, Medina's First Baptist Church and Bent's Opera House are credited to him. In 1863, the transept of the first St. Mary's church was built- Patrick O'Grady was the architect.
Mr. O'Grady lived in a small sandstone house on West Center Street with his wife, Catherine, and their children. Life was hard for the O'Grady's- in 1885 they lost four of their children within six months to consumption (Tuberculosis). He died the following year in 1886 of the same disease at age 57 and is buried in St. Mary's Cemetery.
True to his calling, his massive family headstone is a work of art in Medina Sandstone.
First Baptist Church, St. Mary's RC Church and Medina's City Hall are among the many outstanding examples of local sandstone architecture in and around Historic Downtown Medina.
Medina Sandstone was quarried in many locations across Orleans County. Many of the quarrymen were immigrants from Ireland, Poland, England and Italy.
Discovered around the time of the digging of the Erie Canal in the 1820s and accepted as a superlative building material, it was quarried for over a century in Orleans County and shipped world-wide for architectural masterpieces.
Interpretive prints and mounting provided courtesy of The Print Shop • Medina, NY 585-590-9093 • Designed by Chris Busch, ORG
Erected by The Medina Sandstone Trust.
Location. 43° 13.257′ N, 78° 23.208′ W. Marker is in Medina, New York, in Orleans County. Marker is on Main Street (New York State Route 63) 0.1 miles north of East Center Street (New York State Route 31), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Medina NY 14103, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Frederick Douglass (a few steps from this marker); The Last Blacksmith Shop in Orleans County (within shouting distance of this marker); Bent's Opera House - 1864 (within shouting distance of this marker); On This Site Circa 1919 Alonzo L. Waters (within shouting distance of this marker); Grover Cleveland & Frances Folsom (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Earliest Church (about 600 feet away); Medina Fire Department (about 700 feet away); Welcome to Historic Medina (about 800 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Medina.
Also see . . .
1. Medina Sandstone Society - Medina Sandstone Trust. (Submitted on October 17, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
2. Main Street Historic District, Medina, NY - Wikipedia. (Submitted on October 17, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Notable Buildings •
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