Old News – Sigl Center

The Al Sigl Center is being built but 50 years ago and they still have a shortage of funds. They would open in Feb. 1969 as the main facilitiy for people who were in need of special services.

If you want to read more about the facility and the agencies that have been there then view this issue of Rochester History from 1993.


Thursday, Dec. 7, 1967

Al Sigl Center Drive Raises $1,592,609 Of $2 Million Needed to Finance Building

A total of $1,592,608 has been pledged to date for the Al Sigl Center Building Fund, campaign last Thursday, Nov. 30 at Rochester Chamber of Commerce.

This leaves a balance of $407,392 yet to be raised in order to meet the minimum of #2,000,000 needed to finance the new center for seven Community Chest supported rehabilitation agencies now nearing completion at Elmwood and South Avenues.

Dewitt Pike, Chairman of the Fund, presided at the meeting that was attended by approximately 200 volunteer workers, who represented the more 845 who actually took part in the campaign.

“We’re not finished yet!” This was the theme of the night as Pike emphasized that the goal would be met. “it will take a little more time; but if we finish the cards and assignments still outstanding, the goal is in sight.”

C. David Moriarty speaking for the Board of Trustees of the Al Sigl Center, and the participating health agencies, thanked all those who had worked in the campaign, and hoped they would continue their efforts.

He emphasized that there is no other source of financing for the Center, and the money to pay for the building will have to come from the community.

A highlight of the evening came with the introduction of the family of the late Al Sigl, for whom the center is named. In attendance were Mrs. Owen Rappleye, Miss Claire Sigl, and Paul Sigl, his children, and Mrs Roger Gilman, a goddaughter.

the invocation was given by the Rev. Walter B. Freed, Pastor of the Reformation Lutheran Church. The Rev. Henry Atwell of St. Agnes Parish Church in Avon delivered the Benediction.

Seven Rehabilitation agencies will be used used the roof of of Al Sigl Center shown here in an architect’s drawing showing how the building will look from Elmwood Avenue. Each of the agencies will be in facilities specifically designed to meet the requirements of their programs. Some facilities in the building will be shared. The seven Community Chest supported agencies to be housed in the center are the Association for Retarded Children, Day Care Center for Handicapped Children, Hearing and Speech Center, Medical Motor Service, Rochester Area Multiple Sclerosis, Rochester Rehabilitation Center,  and United Cerebral Palsy Association.