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					                                     CUBA FRIENDS OF ARCHITECTURE
                                      P.O. Box 274, Cuba, New York 14727
July 2006 Newsletter                      Published Six Times a Year                  Editor: Carol Donovan

Cuba Friends of Architecture           visitors will be introduced on      provide sidewalk café seating,
                                       the tour.                           remove modern facades to
    Palmer House Update                        Plans are in the making     expose historic architectural
                                       for the Second Annual Quilt         features, consider placing Town
         The CFA has applied for       Show. The first show held in        and Village offices in one
a $10,000 grant from the East          April 2006 in the Library was       building downtown, encourage
Hill Foundation, Williamsville,        well attended and much enjoyed      various vendors to use the
NY. This organization services         so the CFA is looking for a         pedestrian park for selling their
the eight counties of Western          larger site. More on this to        wares, landscape Genesee Street
New York, including Allegany.          come.                               to make entrance to Cuba more
The grant was requested for                    For sale: Cast Iron         attractive, place directional
restoration of the ground floor.       Block Barn Banks - $50.00.          signs to inform motorists of
Initial estimates for repairs were     Cast Iron Block Barn curios -       downtown business district.
$12,600 for the repair of the          $25.00, framed 27” x 21” Block               Sources of Opportunities
central section and about              Barn Photo Collage - $100.          included: More traffic from I86,
$37,000 for the entire ground          Bird Houses - $20.00. These         the proposed Cuba Hospital
floor. The CFA had also                items will be available at the      assistance living facility, Cuba
applied for a $20,000 legislative      Garlic Fest.                        Cheese Museum, Cuba Cheese
grant for floor restoration.                   To meet the requirement     Shoppe, Garlic Festival,
         Architectural Artist Lisa     for Garlic Items at the Garlic      Seasonal homes around Cuba
Robinson has donated an artist’s       Festival the CFA is selling         Lake, proposed water park
rendering of the Palmer House          Garlic Pretzels (for humans)        nearby, downtown district
to show what it could look like        and Grrrlic Flavored Dog            within the Empire Zone and the
after restoration. The rendering       Biscuits (for dogs).                restoration of the Palmer House.
is on display at the Cuba                      Contributions may be        All of these have the potential
Library along with a print,            sent to Cuba Friends of             to or already draw people.
donated by Tom O’Grady that            Architecture, PO Box 274,
is being raffled. During the           Cuba, NY 14727. We could                Architecture in Cuba
Garlic Fest, the Palmer House          also use letters of support. All
rendering will be put on view in                                                   Another of Cuba’s old
                                       donations are appreciated.
the CFA’s booth.                                                           buildings is the Empire Block
                                       Village of Cuba Strategic Plan      that was built in 1856 by Edwin
                                                                           Park and W.P. Stevens. It now
         Fund Raising
                                               The Strategic Planning      holds Doc’s Classic Cuts. It
         “All The King’s Horses”       Committee met July 24th and         was originally a Greek Revival
a print donated by Tom                 reviewed the information            style with a roof balustrade and
O’Grady is being raffled. It can       gleaned from the June walking       a one story porch with square
be seen at the Cuba Library            tour. Some observations and         posts. Now it is, with changes
until the Garlic Fest, September       suggestions made by the             over the years, considered
16th. Tickets are $1.00 each or        committee include: removal of       Italianate. Corner entrance has
6 for $5.00.                           business signs when businesses      cast iron pilasters that were
         The Cemetery Tour has         vacate storefronts, encourage       made by McEwen Bro’s of
been rescheduled for October,          property owners to put              Wellsville. The pilasters have
date still to be determined. A         attractive displays in empty        leafy Corinthian-type capitals.
history of the cemetery and an         storefronts, have decorative        Unfortunately, some of the
explanation of some of the             murals painted on exposed side      pieces are missing. A large
symbols on headstones will be          or rear walls, repair curbing to    window, located in the center of
given and several resident             allow adequate flow of storm        the third floor, has caused
                                       water, encourage restaurants to     consternation for architecture
                                    CUBA FRIENDS OF ARCHITECTURE
                                     P.O. Box 274, Cuba, New York 14727
July 2006 Newsletter                     Published Six Times a Year                  Editor: Carol Donovan
buffs because it just didn’t fit      The young boys used to shinny       couple of times a year at the end
the design. The window                up the poles that held the          of the hotel nearest Barb’s
appearing in old pictures led         canopy and slide down head          Flower Shop. He’d have a
some to conclude it was always        first – stopping just above the     variety of designs and sizes and
there. However, it appears at         sidewalk. Some sport.               it saved shoppers a trip to Olean
one time a photographer had a                  “The Post Office moved     or Wellsville. Shoes available
studio there and he removed           to the story block from the         in a certain size were delivered
two original windows and put in       building next to where the Road     the following day.
that large one, presumably for        Runner is now located. The                   “We lived above the
more light. In 1856 the               Post Office moved and the           bakery, and pajama parties were
building housed the canal             building became a barber shop       very popular. When it was time
office.                               and pool room. It was run by        for the bar to close, we’d go
                                      Omar Baker, father of the late      downstairs in our “baby dolls”,
          Memorials                   Jean Baker. In the other side of    stand at the windows and wave
                                      the Story Block, when I was         to the patrons of the Kinney as
Peg Carpenter
                                      young was a monument store          they tottered by. It was far
      from Steve Linderman
                                      owned by John Robertson,            more startling to them than the
Kirk Hampton
                                      known to us as ‘Tombstone           pink elephants traditionally
      from Steve Linderman
                                      Johnny.’                            seen.
       Getting Invovled                        “The Bradley hotel was              “The bowling alley at
                                      a garage when I was young. It       the rear of the building was the
         Mary (Smith) Nesbit          was run by Dutch Hartley and        site of high school gym
and John Setchel, both,               Earl Wildrick. After that           classes.”
remember Flip’s five and dime         closed, the building was made                Well, we got the
store next to what was the Cuba       into a bowling alley. It was        invisible fish taken care of but
National Bank (where the              ‘gutter ball’. The gutters..were    now I hear about skunks at
current Outdoor Store is). John       wood ramps at about a 45            Chamberlains. Sharon tells us
tells us that it was owned by a       degree angle. The idea was to       that Dick and Marg
Mr. Ead from Olean. “Flip was         roll the ball down the alley,       Chamberlain owned the two
a little Lebanese girl and            using the ramp to bank the balls    stores at the West end of the
everyone’s friend”. According         off of to hit the head pins and     Palmer House and they had a
to Sharon Matteson, the layout        get a strike. The balls were the    skunk that was supposed to be
of the store was in the form of a     same as duckpin balls and the       de-scented. When it rained it
letter H, with counters on both       pins were short and fat. We         “showed its true scent”.
sides, front to back. Flip sat in     also had candle pins that used               I’d love to hear about
the center, where she could           the small balls. Later regular      Arzberger’s Bakery.
keep an eye on everything. Her        alleys were installed and regular            I received a wonderful
stool and cash register were          bowling came back to Cuba.          photograph, from a family
there, and her merchandise            The high school gym classes         friend, of the opera house when
included everything from toys         were held down there once a         it was a furniture store run by
and school supplies, to dishes        week up until the new school        John Rooney. The picture
and cotton underwear.                 was built on Elm St.”               shows the upper story full of
         The letter from John                  Sharon Matteson shares     furniture on display. I
Setchel continues; “Robie’s was       her story about the Kinney          recognize the same type of
on East Main Street. I used to        House.                              flocked couch I grew up with.
deliver groceries for Grand                    “When the Kinney           The stage is in the background
Union Grocery Store located in        House was going strong – I’d        with an outdoor backdrop.
the corner store. Robie’s was         guess in the 1950s, Dick Shear      Porch swings and furniture are
the last place in town to stock       from Hamilton’s Shoe Store in       displayed there.
and sell red flannel underwear.       Wellsville would set up shop a

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