Friends of J.N. Adam
Help Us Save This Historic Landmark & Forest!
The J.N. Adam Hospital campus, constructed 1909-1912, enjoys a 649-acre pastoral setting in Perrysburg, New York, a sloping hilltop possessing one-of-a-kind views to Lake Erie, the Canadian shoreline, the City of Buffalo, surrounding forests and farms, and even the mists of Niagara Falls on a clear day! Renowned American architect John Hopper Coxhead designed the original footprint of the neo-classical accented Southern plantation style campus - the stately Administration Building, the Dining Hall Rotunda with its soaring stained-glass dome, and the first two patient wings. The campus is an artifact of its own, a medical instrument designed to allow the fresh air and sun of the Western New York countryside to heal tuberculosis patients using Dr. Rollier’s Method of Heliotherapy.
While Buffalo continues a successful expansion of its modern-day medical corridor, we should all remember its first medical corridor –the country roads, railroad tracks and, yes, even carrier pigeons that traveled to and from New York’s first municipal TB hospital. Where would our region be were it not for the thousands of our citizens who were healed there and went on to shape Buffalo and Western New York?
The campus was listed on the NYS Register of Historic Places in 1985 and is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. While Coxhead's work has been championed around the country, with a dozen of his designs on the National Register of Historic Places, New York State officials are engaging in demolition by neglect in allowing this piece of our history to suffer costly decay and damage.
The campus and its gentle sloping grounds are in Cattaraugus County, New York, home to deep valleys and steep ridges that inspired its tourism slogan: "Enchanted Mountains". At an elevation of 1,322 feet, with sweeping views of Buffalo and Canada to the north, Lake Erie to the west, and vast expanses of farmland and forested hills in all directions, Perrysburg surely must be Cattaraugus County's "Most Enchanted Mountain." Recreational, educational and preservation potential abounds in the open space adjoining the campus, in keeping with Cattaraugus County's Open Space Preservation Plan.
The Friends of J.N. Adam invite you to join the effort to preserve and find a compatible reuse for the historic buildings on the 649-acre campus of the J.N. Adam Memorial Hospital in Perrysburg, New York, and the protection of its 500+ acres of forest, meadows, ponds, streams, and habitat which sit upon Perrysburg's sole source drinking water aquifer.
Please join in the effort by signing our Petition, sending us a Letter with your memories of the once thriving center, sending us a Letter expressing your support for this effort, Emailing us to volunteer for the cause. There is much to be done to ensure these public assets receive the proper stewardship.
Stormy Panorama, Summer 2009 © MHBaker.com
Veranda View, Fall 2009 © Char Szabo-Perricelli
Dining Hall Rotunda Dome, Summer 2009 © S.J. Paolini
Hearth, Summer 2009 © S.J. Paolino
Undated historic photo, c. 1940
Destruction in the Dome Room, Spring 2010 © Scott Haefner
Exterior of Dining Hall Rotunda, Summer 2009 © MHBaker.com