posted on November 29, 2012 16:43
Did you know that the UMMC Cary Hall Center at 211 East Main Street next to the YMCA was once a mansion? A new sign dedicated today designates the site’s historical significance.
The great great great granddaughter of the mansion’s builder Trumbull Cary was present for today’s event from Detroit. Sallie Fogarty grew up in Buffalo and says she last visited the landmark in Batavia when she was a young child in the 1940s.
“When we were young we didn’t appreciate it as much," Fogarty said, "but when we get older, it really means a lot.”
The mansion was originally a gift from Trumbull Cary – a businessman crucial to the development of Batavia -- to his wife and was built in 1817. The building had several owners since the 19th century including Trumbull’s brother George Cary, the City and George’s daughters before it was leased to Pontillo’s Restaurant and Valle Jewelers in the 1940s and 50s. Eventually the mansion was deemed in poor condition and torn down under the ownership of the hospital.
Nicole Walter, a representative of the William G. Pomeroy Foundation which helps produce roadside marker dedications, describes the process that led to honoring the site of the CaryMansion.
“The Foundation actually has review process," Walter said. "You have to have first-generation proof of whatever the dedication is for. So, OK this is the site – now prove it. Through the Holland Land Company and deeds – first-generation documents, not newspaper clippings which are second-generation. You have to have very official proof.”
Walter says it all starts with a grant application found at the foundation’s website.