Big Chuck’s Time Capsule: Oneonta’s Wilber Mansion Saved From Demolition!
THIS IS A THROWBACK THURSDAY POST FROM MORE THAN 3 YEARS AGO!
In 1964 there were serious discussions held in the city to discuss the fate of the Wilber Mansion, one of the city's grandest residences. It had fallen into disrepair over the years and it looked like the old structure would be torn down -- to expand a parking lot.
However in light of a public opinion poll showing that Oneontans wanted to hold on to this beloved civic treasure, the building was saved for future generations. The results of the poll were overwhelming. More than 2,200 residents voted to save the mansion by a margin of 16 to 1!
Since then the building has been the home for many non-profit agencies and a local arts council.
George and Esther Wilber built the High Victorian style home in 1875. They were prominent bankers and civic leaders of Oneonta for many years.