Unitarian Universalist Church (Cortland, New York)

The Unitarian Universalist Church in Cortland, New York (also known as "The Old Cobblestone Church") was built in 1837 as a Universalist Church. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1993.[1]

Unitarian Universalist Church
Unitarian Universalist Church Cortland NY Aug 09.jpg
Unitarian Universalist Church, August 2009
Unitarian Universalist Church (Cortland, New York) is located in New York
Unitarian Universalist Church (Cortland, New York)
Unitarian Universalist Church (Cortland, New York) is located in the United States
Unitarian Universalist Church (Cortland, New York)
Location3 Church St., Cortland, New York
Coordinates42°36′5″N 76°10′41″W / 42.60139°N 76.17806°W / 42.60139; -76.17806Coordinates: 42°36′5″N 76°10′41″W / 42.60139°N 76.17806°W / 42.60139; -76.17806
ArchitectDavis, Benjamin; Bliss, Horace
Architectural styleGreek Revival, Federal
MPSCobblestone Architecture of New York State MPS
NRHP reference No.93000592
Added to NRHPJuly 1, 1993[1]

It has cobblestone walls and granite quoins. In 1895, a large arch was cut in the east cobblestone wall and a Morey and Barnes organ was set in the arch. This historic organ is one of only two such historic organs remaining. It is nationally recognized by the American Organ Historical Society for its superb sound and nearly original condition.

The building was documented by Historic American Buildings Survey photographer Jack Boucher in 1966.

It is one of only 21 surviving cobblestone religious buildings in New York State.[2] It is also the oldest public building still in use in Cortland, NY. "The Town of Cortlandville contributed $100 toward construction of the church in return for the use of the church basement as the Town Hall. The Town retained use of the basement until the 1880s." [3]



  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. April 15, 2008.
  2. ^ Nancy L. Todd (March 1992). "National Register of Historic Places Multiple Property Documentation: Cobblestone Architecture of New York State MPS" (pdf). National Park Service. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  3. ^ Leonard Ralston (2009-04-19). "The History and Heritage Series: The History of the Unitarian-Universalist Church by Dr Leonard Ralston".

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