Sunday, October 16, 2016

WDT: Masonic Temple Makes Progress

       Just as it's demise took time, it's comeback will too, but there is some progress being noted on the Masonic Temple right next to 260 in downtown Watertown.
       It's new owners, Augusta Withington and Robert Campany, are applying for a Restore NY grant as part of a multi million dollar fix up to build on stabilization work already done.
      The owners have talked of a rathskeller style pub and eaterie in the basement area and performing arts on the second floor. There are already a couple of tenants on the first floor.
      Like a lot of these type of projects, in the end it takes a special level of interest by people with means to get things going.
      We will see what happens next.
http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/news03/state-grant-could-kick-off-masonic-temples-restoration-20161016

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Would have saved the tax payers a lot of money if that old eyesore had been demolished back when it was condemned.

Anonymous said...

More free money to save outmoded buildings, tear these dinosaurs down..

Anonymous said...


No one would be investing this kind of money into this old building if it all had to come out of their own pockets. Its a different story when it's taxpayers money tho. This is a beautiful building and an significant part of the city's history but at some point the needs outpace the potential returns. Once again, I do not think that this is the structure that is going to save downtown. Cost vs. benefit? I hope it has a future but I an not sure.

Anonymous said...

11:35 and 3:50, are you for real? What should we replace it with, some more crappy housing that will be uninhabitable in 20 years? Maybe some more ugly, medical buildings? Really? I don't love seeing my tax dollars spent on private enterprise but it happens whether I like it or not. This is at least a building that belongs in the heart of our fine city and the owners are at least people that actually do something other than be professional grant recipients. Good for them and good for the Masonic. By the way, is that us JBJ? The Times and the Historical society would be the only ones interested in seeing it torn down, careful....