The large blocky building behind the round-cornered Courier Building is an extension of the State Tower Building built at the same time as the tall art deco tower.
The south sides of both the State Tower Building and the Courier Building were built along the diagonal Genesee Street, now a public walkway.
City Hall is fully on Washington Street.
The north sides of City Hall and the State Tower Building are a block away from the path of the old Erie Canal, on Water Street. Behind the Courier Building is Fire Station No. 1, converted to other uses, and a diner.