Do we even have talented people today that could build something like this Romanesque Revival with High Victorian Gothic details? The cost back in 1887 was $500,000, what would the cost be today? Well your in luck! Today's cost would be 2,440.6% more in 2018 figuring an average inflation rate of 2.50% per year. The bottom line is $500,000 in 1887 would be, are your ready?, $12,702,793.50 in 2018. That's a difference of $12,202,793.50.
We take pleasure in presenting to our readers an illustration of the John Crouse Memorial College for Women, which it is proposed to erect on the hill west of the Hall of Languages, Syracuse University, Syracuse, N. Y. This edifice is to be the gift of one of the wealthiest and most prominent citizens of Syracuse, Mr. John Crouse. The donor of this magnificent gift well deserves to be held in grateful remembrance by every friend and well wisher of the Syracuse University, as well as by the students and faculty. It is proposed to make this building a model one in every respect, and neither pains nor money are to be spared to render it the most perfectly equipped college to be found in the country. The structure is to be five stories in height, to be built of East Long Meadow brownstone, and to cover an area of nearly two hundred feet square.
In this connection a brief historical sketch of Syracuse University may interest our readers.
The college now known as Syracuse University had its origin in Lima, a pretty little village in Western New York, but quite out of the way, and not easy of access. It was then called Genesee College, and the first gathering of faculty and students occurred on Monday, June 9, 1851. The faculty consisted of Benjamin F. Tefft, D.D. LL.D. and Professors Houghton, Douglass, Whitlock, and Alverson. On June 12 of same year, the Rev. B. F. Tefft was inaugurated president of Genesee College, and on July 10 the names of thirty‐eight students were enrolled on the college register. November 5 saw the faculty increased by the addition of Professors Hoyt and Fowler. The college thus organized continued with varying fortunes until July 7, 1871, when it disbanded. In 1866 the subject of removing the college from Lima began to be agitated, and the idea of a central university for the Methodism of New York was first publicly announced in the Northern Christian Advocate, during the year 1873. From this time forth the new enterprise met with great favor on all sides, except with the citizens of Lima, who were reluctant to see the withdrawal from their midst of their principal attraction, to which we may well believe they had become greatly attached, and who procured an injunction against its removal. Prominent members of the Methodist Central Conference were nevertheless commissioned to carry forward the good work, and substantial aid was soon forthcoming. Syracuse, being the most central city in the State, was finally settled upon as the most appropriate home for the new college. The site now known as University Hill was secured, plans made by the well known architect, H. N. White, were adopted, and July 19, 1871, the contract for building the Hall of Languages was let for the sum of $136,000, and Syracuse University became an assured fact. The corner stone of the Hall of Languages was laid on August 31, with impressive ceremonies, and the faculty of the College of Liberal Arts was inaugurated. On September 1 the college opened in the Myers block, which had been secured for the use of the university, and here the sessions were held until May 1, 1873, when the Hall of Languages being completed, it was on that date occupied for the first time. During the year 1871 the plan for a medical college in connection with the university was adopted, and its first commencement exercises were held February 12, 1873. When the Hall of Languages was erected, other buildings were contemplated at such time as the finances of the university should admit of their realization. The institution has struggled along, sometimes meeting with reverses, but now and then being fortified and strengthened by the reception of substantial encouragement from some of its many and devoted friends. Now at last the wheel of fortune has suddenly turned in its favor, and it finds itself at the flood tide of prosperity, with the prospect before it of a long and honorable course of usefulness and well deserved success. University Hill commands a magnificent view of the belt of hills which girdle the city, with Onondaga Lake set like a sparkling gem in the distance. Upon the west hill an observatory has just been erected, and near the Hall of Languages a suitable building is in process of erection, for the accommodation of the fine and valuable library which has been generously bestowed upon it by one of its friends. Syracusans are proud of the University, and they, in common with its hosts of warm friends throughout all parts of the country, rejoice in the evidence of its well merited prosperity.
The alumni of Syracuse University have members not only in almost every State in the Union, but count among their number graduates from Canada, England, Mexico, San Domingo, Brazil, China, India, and Japan.--Architectural Era.
Taken from: Scientific American Architects and Builders Edition, No. 26, Dec, 1887
I just love this building! Oh, and would love to take a tour of it sometime.
My first handplanes were a couple of Stanley planes, a #4 and 5, that my grandfather Raymond "Mel" Radley left to me. Some years later those planes are still tuned and sitting in my tool cabinet waiting to take the thinnest shavings of wood off of any board.
Although I am not certain when but sometime in the last 10 years I felt that I needed more handplanes to work with. Lie Nielsen planes are pretty much today's standard. Veritas hand planes are very comparable at a fraction of the cost. Compared to flea market, eBay or garage sale finds they are both a lot more expensive. I like to go against the grain! So instead of choosing Stanley or Bailey planes like most I started looking for something different. After purchasing some Union, Sargent and other misc. planes, then cleaning, sharpening, tuning and repairing them I found my dream series. . . . they were made by the Union Mfg Co in Connecticut.
Why Union handplanes? I feel that they are built better and seam to be heavier than Stanley, Bailey, Sargent, etc. Reason number two - They were only made for approximately 40 years. Now the hard part . . . . . . . . tool collector vs craftsman . . . . . . or . . . . . . craftsman vs tool collector. Bottom line a fully functional late 1800's or very early 1900's handplane that can hold it's own against Lie Nielsen and Veritas. Both in form and function.
The following information will be used to document the history of Union handplanes, preserving the history of the Union Mfg Co.
Timeline: 1900 Union purchased Derby (Birmingham) Plane Manufacturing 1900 - 1903 Union manufactured the B Plane 1905 Union published the Union Iron and Wood Planes catalogue which was printed by the Adkins Printing Company located in New Britain, Conn. 1920 Union Mfg Co sells the Plane division to Stanley 1957 Miller Falls acquires the Union Tool Company
Working on trimming the brace pockets for the bottom and top of the guitar. Its starting to take shape at this time. One may not think that building instruments is a challenge, however, it will challenge you! Above is a 3 in 1 base that we built for a rotary tool.
Taken a tour of 9 buildings that encompass the tour. Some are apartments and some are condos. So far the condos are the best (4 out of 9 done). The apartments are 700-1000 sq ft and are going for $1300-1400. Less than desirable layouts and workmanship. The condos seem to be a better value. Finished all 9 buildings. What a walk. Most were unfinished and unfurnished. The 4 that were furnished were people that opened their condos up for the tour. Very nice of them. The 2 that I liked the best were the Jefferson Clinton at 425k and the Vengeance Lofts. The building that I liked the best was the White Memorial Building. very historical and antiqued building. A period building. The Pike building actually used a Shaker concept - barrowed or shared light. One of the inside rooms had a large window in the upper half of the wall. This allowed a lot of outdoor light to enter, crossing the great room, kitchen and into one of the bedrooms. Since there is 12-15' high ceilings, I would have liked to see this concept carried through. The one window was 10' long by 4' high. If they would have done it on the opposite wall and the other bed/bathroom wall the outside light would have lit the entire loft. That would be friggen awesome.
Over all, it was a nice tour of an up and coming part of a very old city. I can appreciate how they maintained a significant portion of the buildings. However, in the Pike Building, the way they did the windows just baffles me. Another concern that I had is they did not repair the window trim outside. Well weathered and rotted, most of the paint had worn away decades ago leaving the wood to split apart more each year.