Historic cornerstone saved before demolition of IBM Country Club

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As the demolition crew prepares to demolish the former IBM Country Club complex west of Endicott, Broome County officials have secured a cornerstone for the facility.

The block marked with the year “1951” had been installed as part of a new wing of the facility on Watson Boulevard in Union City.

It was covered with a thick black paper bearing the letters “IBM”. Underneath is a metal plaque bearing a message from Thomas J. Watson Sr., the founder of International Business Machines.

A cornerstone recovered from an IBM Country Club building on October 20, 2022. Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News

A cornerstone recovered from an IBM Country Club building on October 20, 2022. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

Demolition of the abandoned country club buildings is due to begin in a few days. The project should last eight to ten weeks. The site is to be used for the development of a 75 unit apartment complex.

County Executive Jason Garnar said a groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for next spring. He said county historian Roger Luther would then open the sealed compartment contained in the cornerstone.

The country club was established in 1931. Its facilities have been used for decades by tens of thousands of employees of IBM Endicott and neighboring company operations, as well as their families and guests.

A message from Thomas J. Watson Sr. appears inside a cornerstone of the 1951 IBM Country Club. Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News

A message from Thomas J. Watson Sr. appears inside a cornerstone of the 1951 IBM Country Club. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

IBM renamed the venue to Heritage Country Club and Conference Center in March 1994. IBM sold the property in 2004. Efforts to redevelop the main country club complex failed.

Developers of the new apartment project on the site plan to work with the county and the city of Union to host a “get a brick” day for residents who want to keep a piece of the historic Crocker Homestead that is on the point of being demolished.

Contact Bob Joseph, WNBF News reporter: [email protected] or (607) 545-2250. For the latest story development news and updates, follow @BinghamtonNow on Twitter.

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