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 Facade - White Memorial Building

106 E. Washington St. (corner of Salina), Syracuse, NY

See also: Salina Street Elevation photographs

Joseph Lyman Silsbee
Victorian Gothic Revival
Listing on National Register of Historic Places:  Nomination  ..... Two 1962 photos

HABS: Six historic photos

The building entry, with its elaborate decoration and memorial plaque once faced busy Vanderbilt Square terminal and set the tone for the overall structure.  By the time of its completion in 1877, Silsbee was well established as a prominent New York architect.  Much of this credit can be given to the consistency of quality work that this project was able to show. 

The White Memorial Building can also be credited with giving Silsbee his start in Chicago.  Local lore notes that upon existing a train at Vanderbilt Square and seeing this structure, a prominent Chicago businessman demanded that he know who the architect was.  After visiting Silsbee in his office at the Syracuse Savings Bank Building a few blocks away, he was promptly hired for work in the growing metropolis.

- Christopher Payne, Searching for Silsbee

Facade center bays

French Renaissance Revival slate roof  .....  Iron cresting .....  Finial  .....  Contrasting color brick voussoirs  .....  Ohio sandstone courses

Black mortar between bricks ..... Ohio sandstone course

Basket weave pattern in tympanum

The 1876 inscription above the front door reads: "As a memorial of Horace and Hamilton White, this building, replacing one in which they were engaged in business for many years, is erected by their children."

Photos and their arrangement 2011 Chuck LaChiusa
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