Syracuse, NY

For a time, Syracuse, New York, had a noble, if not grand, post office at the corner of East Fayette and South Warren Streets (between Bank Alley and South Warren). Its thick stone walls — limestone brought from quarries on the Onondaga Reservation — made it one of the strongest buildings in Syracuse. It took four years to build, and was completed some time around 1892. Photos show it still standing in 1939, and it is noted that when it was taken down, its demolition took four months. However, the U.S. Post Office had already moved, in 1928, to this new home…

I used the post office on Clinton Square often; it had grand hallways, beautiful tables, and it did its part to make the square handsome. However, the U.S. Post Office moved again in 1978, and in 1984, the building was converted to use as an office building: today’s Clinton Exchange. The Syracuse downtown post office is now a wretched little storefront on South Salina Street.

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