Monday, February 18, 2013

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Archimedes Russell: Dey Brothers Building

In the 1950s this lovely Romanesque Revival frame for the main entrance to Dey Brothers Department Store, designed by Archimedes Russell, was covered by the most incredibly ugly facade that modernism could possibly create. A rendering of this atrocity is here at The Department Store Museum.

The restoration of downtown treasures is helping bring new life to the core of our once vibrant city.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Thrift and Waste on Syracuse Trust Building

The facade of this old bank building on a central block of Salina St. has never been covered. 

Modernization of many neighboring fronts extinguished most of what made Syracuse and many other cities' main thoroughfares interesting. What a bad idea that was. The tinmen made a bucket of money; we were left with somebody's idea that a new facade would solve the problem of how to keep downtowns relevant.

Finding treasures like these makes a trip downtown interesting.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Chief Jake Edwards, Onondaga Nation

...continuing oral tradition by telling the story of the treaties at the Two Row Treaty Renewal Kick Off last night at Syracuse Stage. Here Jake is holding up a replica of the Two Row Wampum Treaty, 400 years old this year.

Learn more about the Two Row Treaty Renewal Campaign and the powerful symbolic enactment, paddling down the Hudson River, happening this summer at Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign. We are officially launched!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Real Musicians on the Set

Musicians played the Blues for Two Row Wampum Treaty Renewal's Kick Off event at Syracuse Stage tonight. The Diner is the set for Two Trains Running by August Wilson, playing now (and very good).

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Three Bald Eagles

...in the trees along Onondaga Lake. 

Friday, February 8, 2013

Columbus Circle in the Storm

Point and shoot, like daylight at 9:45 in the evening, in a blizzard. The fresh air tasted good.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Winter Aconite is Blooming Now

It is always blooming in March when the ground begins to show. Often I can be spotted shoveling the last drifts away to fully reveal our ever-expanding patches. Imagine our delight when we noticed it had begun to bloom last week. It became visible because we had lost all the snow to rain and warm winds. Is that why it bloomed so early?

Or is it even early? Does it always begin to bloom under the wintry snows of February? 

It is covered again now, beneath almost a foot of new snow. I am confident that this February appearance will not spoil it for the March show.