Syracuse Savings Bank Building
This historic bank building was completed three years after the Panic of 1873 and stood as the tallest building in Syracuse for many years. The building was something of a novelty for area residents at that time, rising 170 feet and featuring the first elevator of its kind in the city. Visitors paid ten cents to ride the elevator both for the novelty of the experience and for an opportunity to see Syracuse from the top of the building. The bank opened as Syracuse experienced a population boom and at a time when the country was recovering from the Panic of 1873. The bank financed many of the businesses in this part of New York during the late 19th century, an era known to many today as the Gilded Age.
Backstory and Context
"Syracuse Savings Bank." Syracuse Then and Now. syracusethenandnow.org. Accessed April 11, 2019. http://syracusethenandnow.org/Dwntwn/ClintonSq/SyracuseSavingsBank/syracuse_savings_bank_Photo_Gallery.htm.
"The Syracuse Savings Bank Building." Searching for Silsbee. blogspot.com. August 11, 2010. . http://jlsilsbee.blogspot.com/2010/08/syracuse-savings-bank-building.html. Blogger only refers to himself as "Chris," but documentation (research trail) exists throughout his or her blog.
Trachtenberg, Alan. The Incorporation of America: Culture and Society in the Gilded Age. New York: Hill and Wang, 2007, 1982.
Weibe, Robert H. The Search for Order: 1877 - 1920. New York: Hill and Wang, 1967.
Syracuse Savings Bank Building: By ZeWrestler - Own work, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4028182
Postcard: Onondaga County Public Library collection, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=15804679
1886 Photo: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division (original photo from Onondaga Historical Association) HABS,NY,34-SYRA,35-6, located at http://syracusethenandnow.org/Dwntwn/ClintonSq/SyracuseSavingsBank/syracuse_savings_bank_Photo_Gallery.htm