Architecture Around the World

 Facade - White Memorial Building

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

See also: Salina Street Elevation photographs

Built:
1876
Architect:
Joseph Lyman Silsbee
Style:
Victorian Gothic Revival
Status:
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


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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