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CANTON — The administration Building at the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center, the Morley Schoolhouse, and St. Paul’s Church in Piercefield are the latest buildings to be reproduced in miniature by the St. Lawrence County Historical Association.

The buildings are part of a hand-painted, limited-edition series which are produced to recognize architecturally significant structures in St. Lawrence County. The cost for a set of all three buildings is $30, while individual buildings are $12 each, with all proceeds benefitting the Historical Association.

Construction began on the State Hospital administration building in Ogdensburg on Sept. 10, 1888. The administration building was designed by New York State Architect Isaac Perry and opened on Dec. 9, 1890.

The Morley schoolhouse was built in 1823 as a gothic two-room school house by landowner William Harison, who drew up the construction plans and donated the entire construction cost of $3,000. Initially the school served first through ninth grade, but the ninth grade was discontinued in 1921. The school served the community of Morley until it was condemned and closed in the mid-1960s.

In 1897, St. Paul’s Catholic Church became incorporated and purchased land for a church building from the Piercefield Paper Co. for $1. Construction was completed and St. Paul’s Church dedicated in 1898. As of 1972, listed as a Mission Church of the Diocese of Ogdensburg; the church is no longer standing today.

To order buildings, or to inquire about other buildings in the series, please contact the St. Lawrence County Historical Associationat 3 E. Main St., Canton, N.Y., 13617, phone 386-8133 or email If you would like buildings mailed to you, please include $8 extra to cover shipping costs.

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