Photos taken on 5/2/15 by Ron W. who is a relative of
the owner. They are currently stripping the
building before demolition and found a lot of
documents in an old safe, and donated the documents to
the town historical society.
Ron also informed us that the building was built in
1893 and now is slowly collapsing from the rear
wall. The last store in this building was a
video store and has sat empty since the last store
closed up. He also tells us that at some point
in its history the building's second and third floors
were used by the Masons.
Village of Chateaugay, Corner of East Main Street and
River Street, building number 161. This building is
going to be demolished by October (2016).
Interior photos of the building on the Corner of East
Main Street and River Street, Village of Chateaugay.
| A number of people have asked about the
old farm and complex on Sandy Creek Valley Road.
Some have heard stories or knew when it was the
Cupertino Friary, a troubled boy's home, an extremist
religious group or cult, a farm, etc.
Unfortunately I do not have any photos from when it was
completely abandoned so if anyone has any from that time
period please send them to us.
I do have the below photos taken during more modern
times when it was being used as a farm.
Left building is where the Cupertino Chapel was
originally, main building the right.
Where the chapel was when it was a friary, with
kitchen and refectory beneath.
These buildings are no longer abandoned and are in use
as a farm, do not trespass.
Old farm buildings and complex on Sandry Creek Valley
Road, outside of Watertown, Jefferson County.
Gerald Kirk tells that it was built as a farm for
"wayward boys" and operated by the Watertown Board of
Education. After 56 years in operation it was
put up for sale in 1954 and bought in 1965 by the "Franciscans", or otherwise
known as the First Order of Franciscan Monks. At
that time it was known as the Cupertino Friary and
trained monks aged 15 to late 30's until it shut down
after 12 years.
See the entry on this written by Gerald Kirk on the
Jefferson County Wikia, complete with old photos.&
From '68 to '74 is housed the Watertown School of
Commerce, and then that shut down and it was bought by
the extremist cult group "Spoken Word Assembly of
God". But one of the houses was gutted by fire
and then demolished, and in 1975 the cult left for
Florida and it sat vacant until 1992 when vandals
totally ransacked the place and broke a lot of the
still-intact windows. In 2006 it became a horse
Cupertino Friary in 1957.
Old photo of chapel.
Old photo of chapel.