Central New York Telephone and Telegraph Building (A.K.A. Onondaga Historical Association Building)
Built in 1895, this building served as the home to the CNY Telephone & Telegraph. The building is unique from most commercial buildings in its design and stands as a monument to the arrival of the telephone era which began in 1876 when Alexander Graham Bell presented his invention to exposition attendees in Philadelphia. In the audience that day was inventor Frederick C. Brower of Syracuse who returned with a license to install telephones in this area that were part of the Bell System. and twenty years later, numerous phone lines crisscrossed downtown Syracuse. Phone usage grew so popular that CNY Telephone and Telegraph were moved to a bigger building in 1905. At that time, the Onondaga Historical Association to take ownership of the original CNY building and remained there for almost a century.
Backstory and Context
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Wright, Gloria. "Living Space: 311 Montgomery St.." Newtimes (Syracuse) April 30, 2014. Lifestyle sec. https://www.syracusenewtimes.com/living-space-311-montgomery-st/
Central New York Telephone & Telegraph Building: By Crazyale - Own work, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4716099
H. C. Brower & Son - Bell Hangers and Locksmiths - 1879: By H. C. Brower & Son - Boyd's Syracuse City Directory, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18201610
Syracuse Telephonic Exchange - 1879: By Syracuse Telephonic Exchange - Boyd's Syracuse City Directory, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18217382
View of early telephone wires in Downtown Syracuse. (Taken during the period of 1900–1915, but exact date is unknown.): By Detroit Publishing Co. , publisher - This image is available from the United States Library of Congress's Prints and Photographs divisionunder the digital ID det.4a19655. Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=12692184