Syracuse, New York, boasts one of the best examples of the popular architecture design of the 1920’s and 30’s called Art Deco in the world. The building is registered by the U.S. National Register of Historic Places as the Niagara Hudson Building. To the locals, it is known as the Ni-Mo building and was the home to the largest electric company at the time the building was built back in 1932 called the Niagara Mohawk Power Utility Company. If you are thinking the Niagara part refers to the Niagara Falls, you are correct. I paid Ni-Mo for my home’s power consumption for years until National Grid took them over a few years back.
At night the building is illuminated with powerful and colorful flood lighting. The colors change throughout the year to coincide with seasons, holidays and special events. These colors are enhanced by the exterior of the building which is made up of stainless steel, aluminum, and black glass.
At the base of the tower is a 28-foot statue of a male figure with outstretched arms from which rays of light emanate called the Spirit of Light. An appropriate nod to the Age of Electricity and a time we owe all of today’s simple luxuries like indoor lighting, electric appliances and digital gadgets.
The colors you see here are what I saw and due to the types of lighting on the building, street lights and nearby buildings. People who live here know the Ni-Mo building looks a lot different in daylight. Something I need to show you in the future.