The Third National Bank Building’s architect, Archimedes Russell, combined rusticated sandstone trim, decorative banding, a multi-gabled roof and a projecting circular bay in this Queen Anne style structure, erected in 1885. One of the feature ornamental decorations is the carved sunflowers in a Gothic trefoil, over the side door on James Street. The building is comprised of Trenton pressed brick and Carlisle red sandstone. It was rebuilt in 1912 and again in 1926 when an addition of the north half section was constructed. Inside, bank vaults and mahogany paneling remain. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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The Queen Anne style façade hid a sixth floor secret penthouse, “The Lucius Lacy Game Room” where capitalists and chorus girls spent an enjoyable evening. The position of bank president was inherited by handsome, man about town, Lucius Lacy in the early 1900s who added The “Game Room”.
An article which details Lucius Lacy’s election as bank president
Windows looked down on the saloons and vaudeville houses of Robber’s Row, now the 100 block of James Street. In the main room, there were 12’ ceilings and a hand carved fireplace with a large mirror over it. Behind a sliding door there was a bathtub “large enough to hold a Syracuse canal boat” and reflective lights above that would send sparkling beams all over the bath. All was secured behind a massive door with elaborate locks to which only Lacy had the key.
An article regarding Lucius Lacy’s marriage
Even after his surprise marriage to a pretty bookkeeper in 1915, the nocturnal activities of the game room continued. When the bank closed in the 1930s there wasn’t much left of the infamous game room except for perhaps the good time ghosts.
An article about Lucius Lacy’s