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The Steuben Courier Advocate
  • Bath church, soaring center now ‘historic’

  • The soaring center on Harris Hill in Big Flats and a Baptist church in Bath are among 27 places across New York that were recently recommended to be added to the state’s Register of Historic Places.

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  • The soaring center on Harris Hill in Big Flats and a Baptist church in Bath are among 27 places across New York that were recently recommended to be added to the state’s Register of Historic Places. The Warren Eaton Motorless Flight Facility, headquarters of the Harris Hill Soaring Corporation, consists of the runway, hangars, ticket office and cabins that overlook the Chemung Valley. Harris Hill is known as the “Soaring Capital of America” due to its unique topography and flying conditions.
    The facility has hosted national soaring competitions since the 1930s and trained military glider pilots for World War II. It hosts vintage sailplane events and offers sailplane rides to the public and a training program for young pilots.
    Also recommended for the Historic Register by the state’s Board of Historic Preservation was the First Baptist Society of Bath.
    Built in 1887 and 1888, the Romanesque Revival building was designed by prominent Binghamton architect Truman I.Lacey and constructed by local builders for the village’s Baptist congregation, which had formed in 1842.
    The soaring center and First Baptist Society will be approved by the state’s historic preservation officer and added to the Register. Once listed, they will also be reviewed for addition to the National Register of Historic Places.
    The designations make the properties eligible for various public preservation programs and services, such as matching state grants and state and federal historic rehabilitation tax credits.
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