North Rockland’s 1960s hippie church wins one of 28 NYS historic preservation awards

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Last week the New York State Board for Historic Preservation recommended 28 properties, resources and districts to the State and National Registers of Historic Places, one of which is in Rockland County.

The Rockland County property is the USCO Church in Garnerville. The state said the property is significant for its association with the Company of US or US Company (“USCO”), a group of like-minded artists which formed a collective and communal work and living environment in this former church during the mid to later 1960s. USCO’s “immersive multimedia events” were expressions of the 1960s counterculture phenomenon.

“We are pleased to recognize these outstanding achievements, which have made significant contributions to historic preservation and revitalization efforts across the state,” Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commissioner Rose Harvey said. “These projects are exceptional examples of how historic preservation can be an important tool for community renewal, economic development and job growth in New York State.”


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