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Grant secured to restore historic pagoda at CFJ Park

JOHNSON CITY, N.Y. - A relic from Endicott-Johnson's past will soon have a fresh look.

A $125,000 grant was secured to restore the historic pagoda at CFJ Park in Johnson City.

The pagoda was built around 1929 under the guidance of C. Fred Johnson to serve as a pump house for E-J's nearby factory.

He chose the style of the building because of his admiration of Japanese architecture.

It's also known for the assortment of items that were built into the walls.

The pump house stopped operating in the 60s when E-J began slowing down factory operations.

Johnson City mayor Greg Deemie says preserving a community's history is essential.

"I've seen a lot of communities have been able to preserve their histories through museums and so forth. We've lost a lot here, the factories are all gone, the machines are all gone. We have nothing to really show for what created this community all along here, Endicott, Johnson City, Binghamton, it's all disappeared. So anytime we can save a piece of it, it's important," Deemie said.

Renovations to the pagoda will include a new roof, windows, door, a patio with seating and lights on the outside along with display cases mounted on the walls inside to showcase E-J and village artifacts.

Work is expected to be completed by the end of the month and will be open to the public during park hours.


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