Corning in Steuben County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Rockwell Museum
Corning’s Old City Hall
The Rockwell is housed in Corning’s Old City Hall. It was completed in 1893 and is a notable example of American Romanesque Revival architecture. In the late 19th century, this was a popular style of civic architecture seen throughout the nation. Today this important building houses a Smithsonian affiliated museum whose permanent collection features art of the American experience.
Designed by the architect A.J. Warner, City Hall was constructed by Thomas Bradley from brick, terra-cotta decorative elements, and locally quarried Blue Stone. Time and weather eventually took their toll and by the 1960s the building had begun to deteriorate. The devastating flood of 1972 resulting from Hurricane Agnes submerged the basement and much of the ground floor, causing extensive damage. Several years later, Old City Hall was placed on the National Register of Historic Places which helped to ensure its survival.
Corning Glass Works (now Corning Incorporated) and the City of Corning worked together to refurbish this important building. Renovation plans were developed by the architect John D. Milner which transformed old City Hall into
Location. 42° 8.554′ N, 77° 3.197′ W. Marker is in Corning, New York, in Steuben County. Marker is on Denison Parkway East west of Cedar Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 111 Cedar Street, Corning NY 14830, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. City of Corning (within shouting distance of this marker); Galvin and Haines Insurance (within shouting distance of this marker); Ecker Drug Store (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Erie Avenue (about 300 feet away); Concert Hall Block (about 400 feet away); Market Street Historic District (about 500 feet away); First Presbyterian Church (about 500 feet away); At This Location an Alliance of Prosperity was Formed (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Corning.
Also see . . . Rockwell Museum homepage. (Submitted on January 4, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 10, 2020. This page originally submitted on January 4, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 42 times since then. Last updated on January 9, 2020, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 4, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Michael Herrick was the editor who published this page.