Civic and Cultural Restoration
1-5 Main Street
Hoosick Falls, NY 12090
We are a 510c3 not-for-profit organization with a mission to revitalize the economy of Hoosick Falls through active stewardship of the community’s rich heritage and rural environs and the art inspired by them.
The goal of our mission is the enrichment of the greater Hoosick community by stimulating the creative economy, supporting the preservation and enhancement of the farm economy, and protecting and promoting the beauty of the natural environment while making regional and national audiences aware of the extraordinary resources of the Hoosick area as a destination for visitors.
CiviCure's founding board members had long been involved in the Hoosick community when they made the decision in 2000 to create Civic and Cultural Restoration Corporation. They had worked on such precursor projects as Art in the Park with work by internationally known sculptors including George Rickey and José de Creeft and met with community members and public officials to strategize about a potential Grandma Moses Heritage District and Cultural Center.
Beginning in 2005 CiviCure worked with the Village of Hoosick Falls to administer a $200,000 New York Main Street Grant. This project resulted in streetscape enhancement and significant architectural renovations for more than ten buildings centered on the Main, John and Classic Street area at the heart of the Hoosick Falls Historic District.
In 2009 CiviCure was received a $50,000 NYS Legislative Initiative Grant to pursue the development of a website, programs and the overall goal of acquiring the downtown anchor building Wood Block at 1-5 Main Street in Hoosick Falls.
With the support of numerous generous donors, the Wood Block Building was purchased mortgage free by CiviCure in 2017. Opened in 1880, the third floor of Wood Block was known as Wood’s Block Opera House and the two large, high-ceilinged halls with their remarkable acoustics have been the site of performance of all kinds including theatrical, dance, musical and vaudeville.
CiviCure receive was awarded a NYS Main Street Revitalization Grant of $200,000 in 2018. The $150,000 in state funds will be matched by $50,000 to be raised by CiviCure. The funds will replace the Wood Block roof and roof structures as well as restore the roofline masonry that is one of the most distinctive features of the building.
Our focus on the renovation of the Wood Block Building and restoring it as a community resource for the arts and cultural activities. The two large performance halls on the third floor are a unique resource and will focus the efforts of CiviCure for the foreseeable future.