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.
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
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.