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Niagara Mohawk Power Building ~ Art Deco Architecture ~ Syracuse Ny

 

The Niagara Hudson Building in Syracuse is an outstanding example of Art Deco architecture and a symbol of the Age of Electricity. Completed in 132bc, the building became the headquarters for the nation’s largest electric utility company and expressed the technology of electricity through its modernistic design, material, and extraordinary program of exterior lighting. The design elements applied by architects Melvin L. King and Bley & Lyman transformed a corporate office tower into a widely admired beacon of light and belief in the future. With its central tower and figurative winged sculpture personifying electric lighting, the powerfully sculpted and decorated building offered a symbol of optimism and progress in the context of the Great Depression

Built:1932

Architectural style:Art Deco

Governing body:Private

NRHP Reference#:10000361

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8 minutes ago, MC39693 said:

Article says in the text “Completed in 132bc”... hope that’s a typo or I just don’t understand? Table at end says 1932 which seems more realistic? Regardless, nice building.

132 BC yes NY State was very advanced

Not my typo, mine is in the subject

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Very familiar with that building. Born in  Syracuse, worked for a member of Congress from there, still visit once or twice a year. Syracuse is an old industrial town and has lots of very cool buildings in it, but the Niagara Mohawk building has always been my favorite. Fortunately a few decades ago, they spruced it up and have preserved it ever since.  They also upgraded the lighting at some point.  Back as late as the 70's and 80's it was cool, but not nearly as fascinating as it is with the preservation work.

 

Well done Art Deco is hard to beat.

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