10.26.2006

County Courthouse Series No.4: Cortland County

The other county courthouses in the series thus far: Broome, Columbia, and Ulster.

- Posted by Natalie

8 comments:

Jesse said...

I've been to this courthouse and it is a striking one-- quite large and surrounded by a beautiful park with numerous memorials. There's also a nearby diner that I ate at and was notable for the powered wheelchairs with flags lined up out front. Like going to a geriatric biker bar. Food was pretty good though.

Natalie said...

I was stuck by this one too...I took a wrong turn heading home from Ithaca and wound up in Cortland, and I saw the sun hitting the rotunda from a distance, and knew it must be the courthouse, so I just followed it until I got there.

Joe said...

Yeah there's like marble walkways and crap like that up to it. I figure Cortland County is the geographical center of Upstate. And in Cortland County there's a place called Cincinnatus and Lower Cincinnatus, which may be the worst smelling place in all of Upstate.

Natalie said...

Cortland is also the highest city in the state, which gives it its nickname: The Crown City

Jen said...

You should do a SUNY series too.

Natalie said...

A SUNY series would be a great idea...I'm having a hard enough time getting to all the county courthouses though. Maybe we can have some colaboration on that one? If anyone wants to profile a SUNY, we'll post it!

joe said...

hey I went to SUNY maritime, geneseo, and Binghamton. I can compare the stupid 70's architecture of each.

Jesse said...

Heya- supposedly one of the dorms in SUNY Geneseo was supposed to be built in SUNY Oswego (or Oneonta, or somewhere) but the plans got confused. So Geneseo has one dorm that is unlike all the others in its configuration and vice-versa with the other schools. I thought about that whenever I got lost in Steuben Hall, which was pretty much every time I went in.

Also, the windows on Letchworth Dining Hall face uphill, towards a quad and Erie Hall (I had a girlfriend in Erie once upon a time...). This seems pretty bizarre considering that if the windows faced in the other direction, downhill, they would overlook the spectacular Genesee Valley and every day at dinner, the students would be subject to a fantastic sunset. Supposedly, when they were building Letchworth, the architect (being a government fellow, according to the story) accidentally turned the plans upside down and built the whole building backwards.

That's my thoughts on "stupid 70's architecture" at SUNY campuses.