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Property Name Knights of the Maccabees Hall
Reference Number 13000371
State New York
County Ontario
Town Cheshire
Street Address 4270 STATE ROUTE 21
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 6/12/2013
Areas of Significance SOCIAL HISTORY, ARCHITECTURE
Link to full file http://www.nps.gov/history/nr/feature/places/pdfs/13000371.pdf
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Significant under Criterion A in the area of social history, the Knights of the Maccabees (KOTM) Hall provided an important gathering place for the rural hamlet of Cheshire in Ontario County, New York, initially for the Knights of the Maccabees, one of the many fraternal organizations that existed in America in the late nineteenth century. The Cheshire Grange organization also met in the building before purchasing it from the Maccabees in 1940. It was also used by the Cheshire Amusement Company, a local theatrical group founded in 1911. Like many fraternal and grange halls, the building included a stage located in the west end of the building, making it a natural place for the company to stage its productions. The building is also significant under Criterion C in architecture for following the typical design found in many other similar grange halls built in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries of a large open meeting space, stage at one end of the meeting hall and a dining area. The one feature rarely seen with the KOTM Hall was the flat front east wall that projected past the roofline, which made the building-stand out .amongst the other gable fronted commercial buildings in the hamlet. Since its construction, the building hosted countless community sponsored events and the community group that currently owns the building intends to restore the building for this function for the residents of Cheshire.

 

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