Aurora, East Aurora
A plan to bring working artists back to the Roycroft Campus took a turn forward with a $1-million purchase agreement of the building that once held a print shop and became home to the Cornell Cooperative Extension.
The deal signed Thursday gives the nonprofit campus corporation a year to raise the money, a sum that will be embedded in a yet-to-be-launched capital campaign now in the private fundraising stage.
The cooperative extension, which bought the building in 1952, will stay on as a renter on the second floor along with the other renters, such as a payroll company and Mason Winfield’s ghost walk tour company, said Christine Peters, executive director of the campus.
“This is going to be a transitional sort of thing,” she said.
The 24,000-square-foot stone building has some unoccupied space, which artists may be able to rent before too long, said Peters. At some future point, the old print shop building should once again hold a print shop and even a tea room. The original campus as founded by Elbert Hubbard a century ago also had a tea shop called, “Twildo,” as shorthand for the phrase “it will do until dinner.”
Of the pending purchase, Peters said, “It’ll just add to our vision of recreating what used to be here.”
Also this week:
• Art Walk and open galleries and studios, 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, East Aurora, at 15 places along Main Street and side streets. Free trolley service.
• The East Aurora Village Planning Commission meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Village Hall, 571 Main Street.
• The Aurora Planning & Conservation Board meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Southside Municipal Center, 300 Gleed Avenue.