I was in a workshop on March 27, 2015 on the 6th floor of SU’s Bird Library, and took photos from all of the windows I could find. Here they are:
30 Jun 2013 1 Comment
This isn’t really about a crypt, but I like the title, so I’m sticking with it.
OHA had its annual Ghostwalk at Oakwood Cemetery, and this year included a trip into the Oakwood Cemetery Chapel, as a surprise to our guests! Everyone always asks “can we go inside the chapel?” And this year they did. Well, I did, too, before the Ghostwalk started, and without any lights on – in complete darkness in the vault in the back, I snapped flash photos – not knowing what I was pointing at. The inside of the chapel wasn’t much better, but at least it had a couple of windows so I didn’t go falling into the holes in the floor. This chapel was designed by architect J. Lyman Silsbee.
27 Jan 2013 6 Comments
Over the past year, I have been taking photos of what I call Ad Art on buildings. You’ve seen it all over the place, but maybe haven’t thought much about it. Well, we’re going to make a poster of some of the more prominent ad art, old and new. There are so many cool ones, such as this one from the old Addis store:
These remnants of painted ladies are beneath the ad, near street level:
Higher up and at 3rd story window level, you see this:
Check out the Ad Art on buildings around where you live. You’ll be surprised at how much there is, old and new!
09 Jan 2011 3 Comments
On Wednesday night we went to Lights on the Lake, sponsored by Wegmans. Mind you, I paid $8 to get in, so I was going to enjoy myself. I don’t know how many different light displays there are, but it seemed to go on forever. Even the advertising was cute:
Well, some poor, miserable creature decided he/she didn’t like it we were enjoying ourselves because he/she had to pass us even though we were pulled over (wah for him/her) and called the number, and we were eventually “escorted” out of the rest of the park by a park ranger, so I missed photographing some fantastic light displays.
14 Dec 2010 4 Comments
See the house on top of the Penfield Bldg in this photo?
It has been the subject of more conversations than I would care to know. Was it built for tax purposes? Was it built to house the elevator? Was it. . .? Well, a patron of OHA came in on Saturday and told me that he met with a grandson of H.A. Moyer, who built the Penfield building to house the H.A. Moyer Carriage factory. H.A. Moyer’s son-in-law, famous Ward Wellington Ward, designed this building for him.
The patron just happened to ask me if I knew why the house was on top of this building. I told him my Dad worked there when it was Porter-Cable and he told me the elevator was housed in it. He proceeded to tell me the top of this building was used as a watch tower for the salt vats. When the weather was about to turn, the watchman would sound an alarm and the salt workers would cover the salt evaporation vats. He proceeded to tell me there was quite a bit of wood available to the watchman from the carriage factory, so they built this house. The house is three stories tall, but hollow on the inside. I don’t know if any of this is true (I haven’t verified it), but it sounds like a good explanation to me!
13 Dec 2010 2 Comments
After reading Dick Case’s article that the bells were going to chime in time for Christmas at Syracuse’s City Hall, I’ve been waiting to hear them. Yesterday, I made a point of going out at noon to capture them on video. You may remember my blog post about church bells on Montgomery Street. So what you’ll hear in the background (and the end of the video it shows St. Paul’s Episcopal Church) are these two churches. Syracuse City Hall is north of the churches and the OHA on Montgomery Street. The snow that we got last week (45.1″) was melting (thankfully) over the weekend! Enjoy!
Syracuse City Hall’s bells
15 Nov 2010 7 Comments
Hmm, the S&W Building, never heard of it. So of course, I had to look it up. It ended up being the old Boy’s Club in Syracuse from 1923 to 1983, when it became an office building. Stearns & Wheeler bought and renamed the building to the S&W Building in 2001.
This makes me wonder what happened to the Boy’s Club. I mean, if it was meant to keep boys off the streets and busy back then, I would think it would be a very good thing to have now. Probably a money thing.