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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).
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Interior photos of the building on the Corner of East Main Street and River Street, Village of Chateaugay.
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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 farm. 

Cupertino Friary in 1957.

Old photo of chapel.

Old photo of chapel.
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Steve of Penfield sent these interesting abandoned motel photos. Steve writes " The motel is on NY Rt. 104 about five miles west of the Orleans-Monroe county line.  Itís at the intersection with Fancher Rd.  I donít know how it was used before it went belly up. Was it a nice place for tourists?  Was it a single room occupancy place for people of limited means?  Did it house migrant fruit pickers?  Maybe one of your readers knows the answers to these questions. Although you canít see it in the photos, there was a wishing well in the middle of the lawn.  It was filled with plastic flowers.  I did not go sifting through them looking for valuables. I suspect an intrepid photographer could get some good shots of it with the light of a full moon.  I am not that intrepid photographer."

The sign has seen better days.  At least I hope it didnít like like this when brand new!  There were definitely vacancies.

Is this what was once known as a ďmotor courtĒ?  That phrase sounds sort of judicial.

Hereís a view of the doors of two adjacent rooms.  They are connected by an interior door.

Of the two rooms above, this is the one on the right.  The mattress is gone but not the perfectly good bed frame.

This is a view of the same room showing the bathroom.  The closet door is the same in both photographs.  No hangers.  It looks like the sink drain pipe has been disconnected.

This is the kitchenette in the room to the left.

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