Corning, N.Y. (WENY) - The Corning Painted Post School District and Arbor Housing are teaming up to preserve the Northside Blodgett School clock tower.
Amid the demolition at the Northside Blodgett School, members of the Northside High School Alumni Association reached out to preserve the tower.
Preserving the 40 foot tower could be difficult. Corning Painted Post Superintendent Mike Ginalski says, "As Arbor Housing and the crane operator have indicated it's an old structure that largely has been untouched for a number of years, so the goal is to get it off the building, take it down in four separate pieces and get it to the ground."
The District will store the four separate pieces of the tower in storage containers in the district building until the school and the alumni figure out a plan.
Potential plans include turning the entire clock as a monument, or just utilizing the clock piece.
The project could be a pricey one. Ginalski says, "We asked Hunt engineers to give us a price on designing three different monuments and the cost just for the design was $24,000."
Ginalski says that while he does not believe the school can take on the cost of the entire project, they are willing to partner with the alumni to try and find a way to secure the necessary funding.
Ginalski says the preservation of the clock tower was very important to the Northside High School Alumni Association. He says, "They are about as passionate a group that I have ever met with in my 11 years in Corning. They love that school. They loved going to that school and this community is very, very respectful of the history of this community and want to see things like that preserved."