|Alexander T. Brown was one of the founders of Brown-Lipe-Chapin Company which
later became part of General Motors. He invented the Smith Premier
typewriter, the L.C. Smith Breech-loading shotgun as well as various devices for
use in automobiles.
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Source: Library of Congress, Historic American Buildings Survey, HABS,NY,34-SYRA,32-1
The Alexander Brown home is an example of domestic "Romanesque Revival"
architecture. Designed by Gordon
Wright and built of Potsdam sandstone, it was completed in 1895. It once had a
hydraulic elevator that ran from the basement to the attic.
The interior was extensively altered in 1947 to create offices for a group of
physicians (In 1964 the sign above the door says "The Professional Building" and the marquee
near the sidewalk announces
the offices for two M.D.'s and a dentist). Fortunately, the "debris" left from
the remodeling included much of the original trim, mantelpieces, sliding doors,
etc., and the interior was largely restored to its original elegance.
although a bit overgrown, the home still stands. It is now owned by a local
architectural firm. Today --
reflecting the changed character of the neighborhood -- the
"Securetec Security Systems."