This past Saturday, the Bank of the Finger Lakes unveiled a restored and repaired 39 year-old hidden treasure at their Penn Yan office.
A beautiful six-panel, stained glass mural of the Penn Yan region was created by James O’Hara of Pike Stained Glass Studios in Rochester in 1979. The mural was installed at the former Columbia Bank branch in Penn Yan and remained there on display until 1995. It was stored in the basement of the Yates County Chamber of Commerce building for more than 22 years.
O’Hara, a second generation stained glass artist, designed and created murals for three former Columbia Bank branches. As part of his mural design process, he carefully researched local historic buildings and developed graphic representations of them.
The restored mural includes representations of many local Penn Yan buildings, including the old Yates County Courthouse and Civil War Monument. It also has panels with representations of two steamships: The Seneca and The Mary Bell. The Seneca was in service on Seneca Lake from 1884 – 1908. The Mary Bell (renamed the Penn Yan) was a state of the art 150-foot long steamboat, in service on Keuka Lake from 1892 – 1917.
Valerie O’Hara, his daughter, currently owns Pike Stained Glass Studios. She and her team recently completed the repair and restoration project. The mural has been installed inside the atrium of the Village Centre at 100 Main Street in Penn Yan.
Bank of the Finger Lakes is pleased to make the commitment to preserve this important piece of history and display the mural for the enjoyment of the entire community.