Resolution J3949-2013

Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse's designation as a City of Rochester Landmark

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  • Mar 13, 2014: ADOPTED
  • Mar 13, 2014: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Mar 11, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the Char-
lotte-Genesee Lighthouse's designation as a City of  Rochester  Landmark
and  listing  on  the  National Register of Historic Places on March 29,
2014

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to commend the preser-
vation of historical landmarks that served to enhance the growth of this
great State, ensuring that the complete history of our State and  Nation
is shared with present generations of citizens; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly  proud  to  commem-
orate  the 40th Anniversary of the Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse's desig-
nation as a City of Rochester  Landmark  and  listing  on  the  National
Register  of  Historic  Places  on March 29, 2014, to be celebrated at a
Gala Anniversary Luncheon on March 29, 2014, at the Rochester Yacht Club
in Rochester, New York; and
  WHEREAS, The Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse was constructed in 1822,  on
a  hill  just west of the Genesee River and south of the majestic shores
of Lake Ontario; its construction consisted of a 40  foot  tower  and  a
two-room  house  for  the  keeper,  all built from stone; the tower's 10
Argand lamps were equipped with whale oil for fuel; and
  WHEREAS, In 1853, the Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse was  modernized  by
the  installation  of  a fourth order Fresnel lens, and its wooden tower
stairs were replaced by cast iron steps; the present keeper's house  was
built to replace the two-room original structure in 1863; and
  WHEREAS, This important nautical installation steadfastly guided boats
on  Lake  Ontario  to safety throughout its many years of service, until
its deactivation in the December, 1881; and
  WHEREAS, To celebrate  the  lighthouse's  distinguished  service,  the
Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse Historical Society, together with the Coun-
ty of Monroe, opened a museum on the site in 1984; and
  WHEREAS,  The  Charlotte-Genesee  Lighthouse  Historical Society is an
all-volunteer, privately funded, non-profit organization under the lead-
ership of President, Robert Owens, Jr.; members of the society are dedi-
cated to educating the public and preserving  this  great  landmark  for
future generations; and
  WHEREAS,  Today, this historic treasure is the oldest surviving light-
house on Lake Ontario and serves as a constant reminder of the outstand-
ing heritage of the great State of New York; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
commemorate  the  40th Anniversary of the Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse's
designation as a City of Rochester Landmark and listing on the  National
Register of Historic Places on March 29, 2014; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted  to  Robert  Owens, Jr., President, Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse
Historical Society.

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