Built in 1892 as the
Buildings No Longer with Us
Building #1 - The Auditorium
(Transition from 50' Tent); 1888-1918
|Photo from the side and back.|
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
The SLI Auditorium Seated 2,000 Plus 500 Seat Choir in Front; Sometimes 1,000 extra Chairs were Needed
|Cornelia A. Greene Library, Castile, New York|
The 1918 arson of the auditorium was a terrible loss from which the Assembly never recovered. The programming of the 1920s, though still vigorous and very well attended, had to adjust to the smaller facilities of Epworth Hall for their main gatherings. Luckily, the Sunday School Association's needs were somewhat different and a very large auditorium was not essential. Back then, many of the cottages within the grounds were utilized for guests attending the special summer events.
Purchased with other Sutton lands in 1944.
In later years, as part of Asbury Camp, the Methodist Manor was used extensively in housing children and youth for those age-related camps in addition to United Methodist Church training and fellowship events. The United Methodist Church of Orchard Park used the Methodist Manor for over 40 years during the last week of June as one of three Asbury Camp buildings for its church camp. They continue to this day using the replacement building known as Asbury Manor located on the opposite side of Lakeside Avenue.