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Historic dispute

Commission balks at plan for smaller lagoon

An architects rendering of the new fountains to be replaced at the entrance to the First Unitarian Society at 1221 Wendell Avenue in Schenectady Wednesday.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber
An architects rendering of the new fountains to be replaced at the entrance to the First Unitarian Society at 1221 Wendell Avenue in Schenectady Wednesday.
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The locally famous reflecting pool at the First Unitarian Society of Schenectady is at the center of a dispute over historic preservation. Church officials have proposed replacing the pool and its fountains with a much smaller structure so they can put accessibility ramps at the entrances and add terrace space so the congregation can gather around the pool. No one outside the church will notice, said Peter Loyola, the architect for the project. “When you ...

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