Chris Clemens

Creator + Owner + Author = Chief Exploring Officer. Chris has been traveling back and forth across New York for years studying and discovering the tucked away gems of the state and chronicling the journey

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  1. Bill Des Jardin
    February 28, 2013 @ 9:23 am

    Holy cow! I live in Orleans county and have been to the church once for an evening meeting. I didn’t know it had Tiffany windows. Maybe next time there is a meeting I would prefer not to attend, I’ll go just to gawk at the building.

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    • Chris
      March 1, 2013 @ 10:10 pm

      Many thanks Bill! Next time there is a meeting you would prefer not to attend, you can stun them with some facts about the church and liven the meeting up a bit!

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  2. Mike C
    February 28, 2013 @ 9:52 am

    You guys nailed another great story.
    I have been through Albion a few times and have noticed the church. Can’t help to, because it is so impressive.
    The town itself looked like a place to just park and stroll through. It has the look of a town that was very important many years ago.
    Looking foward to the follow-up to this story.
    Thanks again for your interests and writing about them

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    • Chris
      March 1, 2013 @ 10:12 pm

      Thanks Mike!!! I agree about the town of Albion. The building and architecture and proximity to the canal really make it one of the cool Upstate NY canal towns.

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  3. Rev. Eleanor Celentani
    February 28, 2013 @ 5:18 pm

    Wonderful story – I must go there just to see those windows. How fortunate that congregation is. I enjoyed your writing in this post, especially the humor and the sense of genuine pleasure you conveyed in your experience there. Thanks for sharing all this with us.

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  4. woody0228
    March 1, 2013 @ 10:56 am

    nice one!!!

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    • Chris
      March 1, 2013 @ 10:15 pm

      Many thanks Pete 🙂 and, happy birthday buddy.

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  5. Lee Richards
    March 1, 2013 @ 3:42 pm

    Wonderful article! Since you mentioned historic markers in Orleans County I thought you might like to know that Bill Lattin and Neil Johnson (Village of Albion Historian) co-edited a book titled “Historic Markers Erected During the 20th Century in Orleans County New York.” It features 78 markers! While some of these now only demarcate a vacant lot, most still stand next to the item of interest (a house, a church, a store, a monument, etc.). I’m not sure how widely available this book is but I know the Cobblestone Museum in Childs sells them. At only $7 each they make great tour books of the county.

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    • Chris
      March 1, 2013 @ 10:20 pm

      Lee–that book is RIGHT up our alley! Maybe we’ll have to make a trek back out to the area to pick it up! Glad you mentioned the tour in May as well. Hope you guys get a great turnout.

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  6. Louise Wu
    March 1, 2013 @ 5:26 pm

    What a nice job you did on this! It is really a thrill when people react as strongly to our wonderful church as we do. The architecture is so important to our worship experience here. Glad you got the tour from Bill. If any other visitors are in the area, be sure to make contact with us so you can have a tour as well. Several churches on the square in Albion, along with Pullman, will be giving an open house on May 18 & 19, 2013 from 12-3 pm. Bill will be there then too to answer questions. The church is cool, and Bill is absolutely cool. We are doubly lucky because the congregation is also wall to wall with cool people. Hope you guys will come some Sunday so we can all meet you and offer our thanks for this excellent blog post in person. Many thanks!

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    • Chris
      March 1, 2013 @ 10:21 pm

      Thanks Louise!! I will be sure to pass along the info to people we know who are interested in visiting. Maybe we’ll swing out in May and see the place in the sun rather than an overcast winter!!

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  7. Lee Richards
    March 1, 2013 @ 5:27 pm

    One more comment – anyone wishing to have the “Bill Lattin tour experience” should make note that this church will be open from noon until 3 pm on both Saturday and Sunday, May 18 &19, 2013. This open house is part of the Landmark Society’s Sacred Sites Tour Event for that weekend. Bill will be on site and thrilled to show off this historic building to any and all.

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  8. Debby rodrigues
    March 1, 2013 @ 7:12 pm

    It truly is a diamond in this area, I have NEVER before, looked forward to Sundays…until i found these people at Pullman U U church.

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    • Chris
      March 1, 2013 @ 10:18 pm

      That’s great Debby! The way the congregation was described to us was one of warmth, and a tradition of welcoming all. Glad you have found a place to call home, and a beautiful home it is!

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  9. Dad
    March 7, 2013 @ 7:38 pm

    Another great one Chris. I liked all the info about the Stained Glass windows as well as the links you put in your blogs. Makes your writing very interesting as well . Got a kick out of the part where you wrote saying how you didn’t get to play like I have in the past. Referring to the organ.

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    • Chris
      March 7, 2013 @ 7:44 pm

      Thanks Dad 🙂

      We’ll have to find a chance for you to try playing a pipe organ now that you’re learning more!

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  10. First Universalist Church of Rochester – Rochester, NY | Chris and Luke Explore the Burned Over District
    March 9, 2013 @ 9:48 am

    […] won’t repeat some of Universalism’s history that Chris wrote about here, but is important to remember that modern-day Universalists stress the universal principles of most […]

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  11. Cobblestone Universalist Church – Childs, NY | Chris and Luke Explore the Burned Over District
    March 17, 2013 @ 2:54 pm

    […] we were visiting the Pullman Memorial Universalist Church in Albion, what we didn’t fully understand before meeting him, is that Bill Lattin is the […]

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  12. Ecclesiastic Resentments in Albion, NY | Chris and Luke Explore the Burned Over District
    May 7, 2013 @ 8:35 am

    […] to not share despite us not having actually been in the building. Back when we were visiting the Pullman Memorial Universalist Church in Albion, our friend Bill Lattin walked with us outside and pointed across the street and told us […]

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  13. First Universalist Church of Rochester – Rochester, NY » Chris & Luke Explore the Burned Over District
    July 9, 2013 @ 10:53 pm

    […] « Pullman Memorial Universalist Church – Albion, NY […]

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  14. Cobblestone Universalist Church – Childs, NY » Chris & Luke Explore the Burned Over District
    July 9, 2013 @ 10:59 pm

    […] we were visiting the Pullman Memorial Universalist Church in Albion, what we didn’t fully understand before meeting him, is that Bill Lattin is the […]

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  15. Ecclesiastic Resentments in Albion, NY » Chris & Luke Explore the Burned Over District
    July 9, 2013 @ 11:28 pm

    […] to not share despite us not having actually been in the building. Back when we were visiting the Pullman Memorial Universalist Church in Albion, our friend Bill Lattin walked with us outside and pointed across the street and told us […]

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  16. Peace Ant
    September 3, 2013 @ 4:11 pm

    As a Maine exile living in New York, I want to thank you guys twice. Once for the blog in general; I enjoy using to find my way around WNY (makes Sunday drives more interesting).
    I’d like to thank you again for this article, in particular; it helped me find my way to Pullman Memorial! My wife and I visited, fell head-over-heels, and “signed the book” on our 17th anniversary.

    You just never know where words can take you!
    Thanks, guys!

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    • Chris
      September 3, 2013 @ 6:52 pm

      Geez–that’s fantastic! Really glad to have you here in NY and as a reader. Albion has some cool spots. If you haven’t met him yet, be sure to say hello to Bill–he’s a super cool guy and a wealth of knowledge. And, if you’re in Albion regularly, stop in to say hi to the folks at the Erie Canal Bed And Breakfast. They are also really knowledgeable about the area, and really nice folks to chat with.

      And, not far from there you can actually drive right under the Canal!! Here’s a link with some pics and a video: http://thecuriousanduncommon.com/culvert-road-driving-under-the-canal-medina-ny/

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      • Peace Ant
        September 8, 2013 @ 7:42 pm

        Thanks, the kids’ll love the culvert under the canal!

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  17. Louis Comfort Tiffany Stained Glass in Rochester, NY
    April 30, 2014 @ 3:52 pm

    […] Memorial Universalist Church 10 East Park Street  Albion, NY 14411 When George Pullman built the Pullman Memorial Universalist Church in honor of his parents, he went all out on nearly every aspect of the design. Claiming one of the […]

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  18. Cobblestone Universalist Church - Childs, NY |
    May 4, 2019 @ 7:55 am

    […] we were visiting the Pullman Memorial Universalist Church in Albion, we hung out with Bill Lattinf or our tour. What we didn’t fully understand before […]

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