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Court and Chenango: 1905

Court and Chenango: 1905

Circa 1905. "Court and Chenango streets, Binghamton, New York." The Kilmer Building center stage. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

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Binghamton has a really stunning town center for a city so small. Quite impressive.

Almost Tallest

Actually, it's the second tallest structure downtown, and in the city, at 12 stories. The tallest is the State Office Building, at 18 stories.


Press Building

Originally known as the "Kilmer Building", it was built in 1904 to be the home of Willis Sharp Kilmer's newspaper, the Binghamton Press.
Designed by T.I. Lacy and Sons, Kilmer insisted that his building be Binghamton's tallest structure, a distinction it held for nearly seventy years until the seventeen-story State Building was constructed in 1972.

Some things don't change much

On the left side the Perry Block (cast iron fronted building on the corner) and the Kilmer Building (tall building down the block) are still there. The building on the right was replaced in the 20's. The Kilmer is still the tallest structure downtown.

Most of what's visible is still there

Lots of those buildings are still there.

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