A beautiful building, coming and going

The reaction to my lunchtime walk iPhone 4 photo tour through downtown Syracuse last week convinced me that you folks like a taste of what these blocks hold.

An impressive and classic site, and sight, in downtown Syracuse.

An impressive and classic site, and sight, in downtown Syracuse.

This is the University Building, as in, built back in the early 1900s by Syracuse University.

Now its 10 floors are used by numerous companies.

Including the one for which I’m now in my second week of employment.

So this is the place that greets me and says goodbye at the start and finish of my weekday workdays.

A downtown trait: Narrow alleys parallel to wider streets.

A downtown trait: Narrow alleys parallel and crossway to wider streets.

Coincidentally, my dear wife Karen’s employer, Syracuse Media Group, is located in a building that’s pressed against the one in which I now toil.

You can enter her offices the front way, through the wide public doors on the Main Street. Or employees can also use their cards to key into another entrance through the alley, pictured above.

This one is called Bank Alley.

Karen has seen several vehicle-pedestrian collisions in the alley through the big glass windows of SMG as cars try to use the alley as a short cut.

Does your city include a mix of interesting architectural styles? What sort of styles are your favorites, and why? Have you been in favor of using alley shortcuts, and has it ever gotten you in a pickle? Please describe.

46 thoughts on “A beautiful building, coming and going

  1. Thanks to you, Mr. Mark, I just spent 30 minutes perusing the web for a photo of an old restaurant in Baltimore that was located in an alley in downtown Baltimore. It was called Cy Bloom’s Brass Rail and Place in the Alley. It closed when Baltimore began construction of a subway. As for neat buildings, I’ve always loved the Bromo Seltzer Tower in Baltimore. It’s a landmark, and one I love.

    Here’s a link to a photo photograph bromo seltzer tower

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  2. I’m so glad you came back to expand on the lovely architecture there. I love the old buildings and such they have in the Northeast. They’re so full of charm and life and history. Here, not so much. Everything’s flat. I think 3 stories is the highest building! Yes, really. We have tons of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture and it looks like Mike Brady designed so many of the houses. UGH! Excellent post! πŸ˜€

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  3. I love old buildings. I love to try and imagine the long gone people who have passed through and the life styles that have changed. We have some older buildings but I would have to research actual “styles”, of which I don’t know much. I just know what I like to look at.

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  4. Wow, so cool that your wife is really close to your work. Can you ride together? I like the way you shared this alley and the names of the buildings, too. I like the buildings in Columbus that have ornate designs, different kinds of brickwork, along with arches and turrets. I guess that my favorite part of your city is the red brick building to the right of the alley, with the cream and red arches over the doors and windows, too. You have a beautiful scene to greet you, from your lunch location to your work place.

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    • Yes, Robin, we work the same hours, so we commute in one car to work. I like that part of it. Funny, when we both worked at the newspaper, we took two cars, because sometimes I left early or stayed late, and her hours were more fixed. This way is great. πŸ™‚

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      • So glad you can ‘carpool’ with your sweetie! I like the Terminal Tower in Cleveland and enjoyed the Avenger’s movies where they filmed in the square downtown, making one of the entrances into ‘an opera’ building! Smiles, Robin

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  5. Great idea sharing the architecture of Syracuse. May I suggest another series in this theme? I think it is very interesting how the University has not restricted the architects designing and building campus buildings. What do I mean by this? Each building reflects the architecture of the period in which it was built and not as copy of master plan…..say Victorian , modern, post modern. . . though all the styles are there. Sort of an history of architecture through the college buildings. You would have to decide if your readers might enjoy that. . . . but there you go!

    Have a great second week of work!
    Anne

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  6. My city tears down most old buildings – which is a shame. Calgary has an alley between every avenue – I thought it was the strangest thing when I first moved here!

    How awesome that you and Karen work so close to each other… you can have lunch together!

    Diana xo

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  7. thanks for keeping the tour alive, mark, i really like seeing things rather than just reading or hearing, must be a visual learner ) that is a really beautiful building, i love old architecture, and enjoy discovering it in all kinds of places. that is so lucky that you and karen’s buildings are so close to each other. a great set up i think ) b

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  8. I really enjoy seeing Syracuse up close and personal, Mark. My lovely city of Richmond is an architectural treasure trove. Second only to New Orleans in antique wrought iron detailing! I am slowly compiling photos for a post someday.

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  9. The downtown Syracuse tours are always fitting. The older the building the better. Unfortunately in a country like ours, we’re more likely to knock a building down instead of preserve it. This baffles me, because each route is going to require a lot of time, but there is a difference of effort. Knocking a building down, well, you have to start over. Keeping the shell, it’s all interior design from there.

    My favorite building, aside the Hotel Syracuse, is the bank in Clinton Square with the clock atop of it.

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  10. I love these pics. I love urban architecture. These photos remind me of the architecture of dear old downtown Cleveland, which I will be visiting in a few weeks. Just look at that. A shoe repair shop. That’s fantastic.

    Have you said much about your new gig yet? I can’t keep up with every post and don’t want you to repeat yourself so if you’ve already discussed, let me know the post date.

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  11. I enjoyed what you showed us here, Mark. Somehow, I missed the other tour. I will do my best to catch up, because it’s always great, seeing what you see. Thanks for the tasty words and photos.

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