The Schoharie River Center is asking for your help with their renovation of the Cultural Hall. The building, built in the 1850's as a church structure is a classic federal-style timber frame building of the time. Since 1999, after being purchased from the Methodist Church Synod, the Schoharie River Center has used the building as a site for programming, including art shows, public meetings, silent movie nights, concerts, dances, conferences, and workshops.
The building has been found to be acoustically fine, and it has served well as a limited use building. However, it does not conform to modern standards. For example, it has never had restroom facilities, it has limited accessibility for the mobility impaired, and it requires an up to date heating system for year-round use. In 2017, a building condition survey was supported by the Preservation League of New York State. This report by a preservation architect provided a plan for building upgrades to make the building a truly usable and accessible structure.
Based on the Building Preservation Survey, the Schoharie River Center was able to obtain a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts to partially fund the required building renovations. Our Go Fund Me campaign is to raise the remainder of the matching funds needed to complete the renovations for a Summer 2021 grand reopening.
The Schoharie River Center is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization dedicated to educational and cultural programming about the Schoharie Creek and the communities which make up the Schoharie Valley. Formed in 1999, the Schoharie River Center sponsors and operates youth Environmental Study Team (EST) programs in Burtonville, Schenectady, Amsterdam, and Middleburgh. At our location in Burtonville, NY, the SRC serves youth in Schenectady, Montgomery, Fulton and Schoharie counties. In addition to its environmental programs, the Schoharie River Center routinely offers cultural arts programs, presenting artists who reflect the folk arts and cultural heritage of the region.