Erie Canal Aqueduct, Syracuse, NY

The arrival of the Erie Canal in 1825 put Syracuse on the map. It connected the new village to the range of markets by way of New York City, and created vast and very profitable new markets for the area’s salt producers. The Erie Canal was an amazing engineering achievement, not least for the ability …

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Barnes-Hiscock Mansion, Syracuse, NY

The Barnes-Hiscock Mansion, on James Street in Syracuse, is one of Syracuse’s architectural landmarks. This lower section of James Street once housed an astounding row of grand mansions. Beginning in the 1840s and continuing into the early 20th century, more than a dozen enormous mansions were built lining the street. First built in 1853 and …

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Gothic Cottage, Syracuse

The City of Syracuse has relatively few Gothic Revival houses. We have plenty of Gothic Revival churches, of course, but so few houses. The house which I’ve included here is one of the rare survivals. Unfortunately, it too is on its last legs. Abandoned for many years, it now is in the hands of the …

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Emergency Documentation

I do a good bit of documentation photography here in Syracuse on a volunteer basis, much of it on behalf of the Onondaga Historical Association. In most cases, I have a decent amount of warning, and can plan my visits to get the best possible images. Sometimes, however, I have little warning of an impending problem. Such …

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Hotel Syracuse

The Hotel Syracuse, built in 1924, is the last of the grand hotels in Syracuse’s downtown. Held by a series of absentee landowners in recent years, this elegant building has been allowed to deteriorate. While its glory has faded with the lack of attention, it remains a glorious building. In the summer of 2014, the …

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Great Works Dam, MHER Documentation

I’ve had the good fortune to carry out two projects for the Penobscot River Restoration Trust in Maine. The Trust is a non-profit organization that was created in order to carry out the Penobscot River Restoration Project in collaboration with a range of public and private partners. The goal of the Project is to restore …

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Woodland Reservoir, Syracuse, NY

In the summer of 2012, I had a call from the Curator of History at the Onondaga Historical Association. He had just heard that the City of Syracuse was going to replace the existing lower gatehouse for the Woodland Reservoir, at the corner of Stolp Ave and South Geddes Street, with a modern one to …

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Vermont Marble Factory, Proctor, VT

The Vermont Marble Company came into being in 1880 under the leadership of Redfield Proctor, who consolidated several local marble companies including the Sutherland Falls Marble Company, which was based near the falls of the Otter Creek in what is now the Village of Proctor. By the turn of the 20th century, the Vermont Marble …

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New Croton Dam, Croton-on-Hudson, NY

  Over the course of my career, I’ve had the chance to work, and take photographs, at several really interesting places. Among my favorites are those that are focused on what I call, for lack of a better term, water resource engineering. In less-fancy terms, that means dam, canals, hydroelectric sites, and such. Of these …

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