Life in the Finger Lakes

LIFL Travel Guide 2012

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ACCOMMODATIONS TIFF ANY CEDARWOOD Travel Lodge AVON Close to Letchworth State Park. Weekend Flea Market & Vintage Drive-In Theatre 1 mile Route 15, East Avon, NY 14414 585-226-3630 "Where each visit is another timeless vacation." Come make memories at FiligreeInn 5406 BristolValley Road Canandaigua, NY 14424 585-229-5460 (Continued from page 47) the Chapel" campaign led by the Community Preservation Committee (CPC) in 1989 challenged the threat of imminent dismantlement. In 1990 the CPC purchased the Willard Chapel, and today it functions as a center of social and cultural activity for the com- munity. Revenue from memberships, grants, donations, fundraisers, concerts and many weddings help to maintain the chapel for future generations. Cayuga Museum 4341 Lakeshore Drive Canandaigua, NY Comfortable Affordable 5 min. Walk to CMAC A Summer get-away with a park setting. 585-394-1250 56 ~ WWW.E XPLO RETHE F INGER L AKES .COM Georgiana and Caroline Willard who funded the Willard Chapel had earlier commissioned a tall decorative floral window from the Tiffany firm for their family's Genesee Street home. Today the impressive Greek Revival mansion which dates to 1836 (with later additions) has become the Cayuga Museum of History. It has a dual focus: local history and the inven- tion of sound film. The site includes the Case Research Laboratory built on the foundation of the estate's green- house. Willard E. Case, cousin of the sisters, inherited the mansion and estate with their passing. On this site in 1923 his son, Theodore E. Case invented the first commercially success- ful system of sound film. Additionally, a recently renovated carriage house on the property houses the Theater Mack. The Cayuga Museum's Tiffany win- dow is found in the semicircular foyer of the mansion's east wing. Situated between two doors that lead to curving exterior staircases, the wall with the window bows outward. Countless pieces of mauve, green and gold leaded glass compose a striking floral motif. A vine thick with petals and foliage climbs in a serpentine manner to the top of the divided window. In the bot- tom half of the window, an area of clear glass allows a view of the gardens, just as it did originally, explained Curator Lauren Chyle. Eileen Hughes, the museum's exec- utive director, said the Tiffany window will remain in the same location and that it is slated for restoration in the future.

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