Kirk Fireproof Building
Northwest Corner of West Fayette Street and South Salina Street
This seven-story brick commercial building had ornate capitals and brick
molded to resemble fluted pilasters. It was designed by Charles E. Colton for
William B. Kirk, mayor of Syracuse and vice president of both the New Process
Hide Company and the Kirk Brick Company.
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When the building opened in 1891 it offered 167 offices, hot and cold water
on every floor and two large open-grilled elevators. The builders claimed
the building was completely fireproof; only the office floors, doors and casings
were made of oak with the rest being brick, marble and iron.
"Architecture Worth Saving"
said of the building, "It has changed owners several times and the shops at the
street level have been remodeled, but it has been in continuous use and is still
one of the city's major office buildings."
The Kirk Fireproof Building, and all other structures on this block, were
demolished in 1970 to make way for One Lincoln Center and its plaza.