This highly ornate four-story cast-iron building is one of Binghamton's most unique and distinctive structures. Designed in 1876 by Isaac Perry, the first two floors served as a department store and Perry's architectural firm occupied the third floor. The fourth floor was home to Perry and wife Lucretia until his death in 1904.
This highly ornate
four-story building on the corner of Court and Chenango Streets is one of Binghamton’s
most unique and distinctive structures.
Known as the Perry Block, it is faced with cast iron, and is the only example of this type of
architecture in the area. Notice the
large windows and ornate architectural features, typical of this form of construction.
Built in 1876, the Perry
Block was designed by one of New York’s most famous architects, Isaac Gale
Perry. Perry first came to Binghamton from New
York City in 1858 to supervise construction of his first major architectural project, the New York State Inebriate
With his wife Lucretia,
Perry lived on the fourth floor of this building while operating his business on the floor
below. The first and second floors were
occupied by a variety of businesses, and local residents will remember shopping
here when it was home to McLean’s, one
of Binghamton’s most popular department stores.
Throughout his career Perry
designed several structures in town including the county courthouse across the
street. In addition he designed approximately 40 armories
throughout the state, and was selected to complete the State Capitol in
Albany. It is worth noting that with all
his accomplishments, the building in front of you has been described by some as
Perry’s greatest structure.
It is interesting to note
that this building played a staring role in the Hollywood movie “Liebestraum”,
filmed in Binghamton in 1991 – a movie that features several of Binghamton’s