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The Giant Cat of South London

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The Wedgeway Building

- Franny Wentzel - Saturday, May 4th, 2013 : goo

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Since the mid-late 1800s the Wedgeway Building has framed the view from Erie Boulevard to Lower State Street...

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One would think it's an integral part of the neighbouring Kresge Building

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As this Googlesat view shows...

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The Wedgeway began life in the mid-1800s a single storey covered walkway on State Street next to the Myers House which would've otherwise had frontage on the Erie Canal.

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Later in the century the little wedge would gain a couple extra storeys and a fancy bay window.

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In this turn-of-the-century view it was known as the Wedge Building.

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This canal side view shows a slice of the Wedge before construction of its five storey annex.

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Some time in the early 20th century a new facade was installed and the Wedgeway served as the marquee and arcade to the State and Erie theaters on Liberty Street.

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By the sixties both theaters had closed and their auditoriums were gone by the mid-80s...

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... but the marquee has proved useful for community announcements and advertisements.

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That with a bit of composing...

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Let's step back...

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And have a squint at some details...

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Before we step inside...

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...for a look at the Wedgeway's arcade.

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The first of the three businesses using the arcade is a tattoo parlour.

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Signs at cross purposes...

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Reminder of the theater days.

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Used natural light for most of the arcade views save for this flash image...

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The second business is a barber shop...

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The Wedgeway was once billed as the largest office building in Schenectady. Here's the fancy-schmancy elevator lobby.

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Not the stairway to heaven...

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...and probably not the waiting room to purgatory

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...or any other portal to the hoary nether regions

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OK... so there is one place for spirits...

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Pub patriotica...

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A look at where we've been before we go...

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...and some recent repair work. For such a marginal structure it seems fairly well-maintained.

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While we adjust our eyes to the light...

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...let's have a look in one of the theaters that used to be here.

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The State had closed in the 1960s (the Erie had been torn down in '63) but was still standing till the mid-80s.

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There was the usual talk of maybe fixing up the place but there were only enough community resources at the time to save Proctor's theater.

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So down she went...

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To this day her ghost remains.

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Now she provides parking for business in both the Wedgeway and Kresge buildings

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Artsey back-of-house views

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Artsey Erie Boulevard views

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Rainy day view from a decade ago...

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Artsey ironwork...

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