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New York Central Railroad's Empire State Express westbound on Washington Street in 1900. The street leading into the distance is East Genesee Street. The portion beyond the tracks (the 300 block) was permanently eliminated when the two triangular blocks were joined to create a rectangular block. The dark building on the right was the Yates Hotel. Just barely visible behind it was the old BF Keith's vaudeville theater (later replaced by the Keith's on South Salina Street).
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McCarthy Building - 1900 - later renamed to Hunter-Tuppen Building, both were department stores in Syracuse, New York - Corner of Fayette and South Salina Streets - Designed by Charles Erastus Colton in 1895
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Wieting Block and Wieting Opera House in Clinton Square in Syracuse, New York 1913 from Erie Canal bridge - Looking south on Salina from Erie Boulevard . The Wieting Block, a commercial and residential building, is in the center of the postcard. To its right is the Wieting Opera House. In the foreground is a vertical lift bridge that carried Salina Street over the Erie Canal. The platforms at the bridge corners had steps that would allow pedestrians to walk across the bridge even while it was raised to allow boats to pass underneath.
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Hanover Square in Syracuse, New York in 1910 - Looking east down East Genesee Street. The red building on the left was the Bastable Block, predecessor of the State Tower Building. Visible at lower left are the entrance stair kiosks to Hanover Square's underground restrooms.
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West Water Street in Clinton square - 1911 - The Erie Canal was still in use. On the right, the Wieting Opera House had an ornate wrought iron canopy over its entrance. Visible at this end of the Gridley Building was its original Salina Street entrance, since closed.
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U.S. Government Building in Downtown Syracuse
in 1921 - Northwest corner of South Warren and Fayette Streets - Its thick stone walls made it one of the strongest buildings in Syracuse. It took four years to build and four months to disassemble when it was demolished for the Merchants Bank Building.
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Hanover Square 1920 in Syracuse, New York - Looking south on South Warren Street. All of the buildings in the foreground still stand, except for the Bastable Block on the far left, replaced by the State Tower Building in 1928
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South Salina Street and Jefferson at night circa 1914. The Hotel Jefferson was still on the corner at left, still 14 years away from being replaced by the Loew's State (Landmark) Theatre. Many of the low buildings on far right were replaced by Kmart, later to be converted into Jefferson Center.
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Hanover Square in the 1910s. East Genesee Street stretches two blocks before ending at Fayette Park. The Bastable Building just left of center had a large marquee (by turn of the century standards) on its Genesee Street side.
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South Salina Street circa 1920. It looks much as it does today with three major exceptions. The building at left housing Schraffts fell to make way for the Woolworth (Rite Aid) building
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Union Block and Crescent Theatre in Syracuse, New York about 1900 - The theatre is located in the Cahill Building. These buildings stood on South Salina Street where the Galleries are today
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University Block in Syracuse, New York 1906 - Syracuse University built the University Building in 1897 to house its new College of Law. The original name "University Block" is still inscribed above the entrance. Block was a term for a large building until the mid-20th century
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South Salina Street 1909 - Looking north toward the intersection of Salina Street and Jefferson. The Dey Brothers building dominates on the right. Beyond it, the Kmart (Jefferson Center today) was still decades away from being built, and the low Hotel Jefferson could barely be seen in the location that would eventually host the Loews State (Landmark Theatre) across the street
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Onondaga County Courthouse - This is a view of the fourth Onondaga County Courthouse, built on St. Mary’s Circle (today known as Columbus Circle after the bronze statue of Christopher Columbus erected there in 1934). This building opened in 1907, replacing the smaller, “old” courthouse on Clinton Square
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The original Alhambra was built in 1884 as a skating rink but burned down on December 20, 1899. The new Alhambra (pictured in 1913) at 267-269 James Street was completed in 1900 and was the place for political conventions, concerts, festivals, social events and boxing matches. The building suffered from another fire on November 13, 1947 and fell into decay.
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Onondaga County Savings Bank - 1905 - The bank was chartered in 1855. It was a franchise ahead of its time and had four separate branches by the late 1800's. In 1968, the bank shortened its name to Onondaga Savings Bank and in 1987 it changed again to OnBank
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Syracuse Savings Bank - Block 88 - 1890 - The light-colored wedge in front of the main entrance is a set of steps to a raised platform which allowed pedestrians to walk over the raised bridge whenever canal boats were passing underneath. Carriages and trolleys, unfortunately, had to wait until the bridge was lowered again.
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Syracuse Savings Bank - 1920 - The Architect of the building, Joseph Lyman Silsbee, had his offices on the top floor, surrounded by balconies. Silsbee moved to Chicago in 1886. He partnered with Edward Kent to form Silsbee & Kent, which briefly apprenticed a young Frank Lloyd Wright in 1887
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Brown Lipe Chapin Company - early 1900s - West Fayette Street - Alexander Brown and Charles Lipe started the Brown-Lipe-Chapin Company in 1895. They manufactured differentials and gears for General Motors in the early part of the 20th century. General Motors acquired Brown-Lipe in 1923
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Brown Lipe Chapin Company - 1910 - Seneca Street - The company built this larger factory across Geddes Street from its original factory on West Fayette Street, a good location at the time because it was just south of the railroad tracks on the west side. This is the original wing on Seneca Street. It expanded with two additional wings into a U-shaped structure like Midtown Plaza
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New York Central Railroad elevated railway through downtown Syracuse, New York in 1905 - This is looking northwest from a building on James Street, just west of State Street. The building on the left is the Alhambra.
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Armory Building 1920 - Looking west on Jefferson Street from the roof of the Dey Brothers department store. The Loews State theater had not yet been built, and the Hotel Jefferson is visible at the lower right corner. To the right of the armory, buildings filled the block.
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“Swimming Pool, Old Reservoir, Syracuse, New York” 1915 - When the Woodland Reservoir opened on South Geddes Street in 1894, the old Wilkinson Reservoir was no longer needed to supply Syracuse’s drinking needs. In 1898 the 71 acres around the Wilkinson Reservoir was bought by the city to form Onondaga Park. In 1903 more wooded land (the Olmstead Grove) was acquired and became a popular picnic area near the old reservoir that is still in use today. In 1911 Wilkinson Reservoir was renovated and renamed Hiawatha Lake. Today it is the central focus of Onondaga Park on the southwest side of the city.
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Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument in Clinton Square
in Syracuse, New York
about 1917 - Old County Courthouse in background. Empire House (and Electric Railway Terminal) on the far right can be seen on the north side of Clinton Square. Today this block is home to Syracuse Post-Standard offices and plant, completed in 1971. The billboard reads “Peck’s Clean Coal / Office Under the Bank Clock.”