Repurposing St. Andrew's Church into a home subject of history talk

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express

Have you been wondering what is happening at the old St. Andrew’s Church building? Come find out at the Dundee Area Historical Society’s dinner program on Wednesday, July 19 at the American Legion, 10 Spring St., Dundee. Jason Mauro will talk about the repurposing St. Andrew’s into a home.

St. Andrew’s Catholic Church, 8 Union St., Dundee was built in 1833 as the Free Christian Church. In 1877, it was purchased by the Catholic Diocese of Rochester. The doors were closed in 2009 and it was put up for sale. It was then that Amy and Jason Mauro, along with some good friends, purchased the building. The four of them plan to eventually live there.

Jason, an English Professor at the University of North Florida, and Amy, a graduate of SUNY Purchase’s fine arts program, have already put their talents to work repurposing and upcycling a church about 100 years old in St. Augustine, Fla. Jason says, “There are already too many buildings and enough stuff has been produced. It is time to creatively redirect our habits and consumption.”

When it comes to renovating, Amy and Jason’s talents complement each other. Jason handles the things you cannot see such as carpentry, wiring, heating, plumbing etc. and Amy does the design. She has two guiding principles: “1. The space demands to be fulfilled, not the inhabitants, and 2. In our current economy of excess, almost nothing should be new.”

The Mauros recently sold their church home in St. Augustine. They spend their summers here in the Finger Lakes. This year Jason is on sabbatical. So they are able to spend more time working on St. Andrew’s. Eventually, they plan to live here while keeping something in Florida to return to occasionally.

The cost of this interesting dinner program for Society members is $12 per person, and for non-members, $16. Reservations for this barbecued chicken dinner are needed by Friday, July 14 at 5 p.m. Call the Society at 607-243 -7047 or email them In addition to the dinner and talk, there will be a silent auction to help raise funds for the Society. So come early and see what treasures might interest you. Check DAHS’s Facebook page for a listing. Check in begins at 5:30 p.m., dinner will be served at 6 p.m. and the program will follow. A cash bar is available.