The Butler Building is a commercial building which has a distinguishing cast-iron storefront and vertical grouping of windows under arches.  This widely used design feature was introduced by H.H. Richardson, and developed by Henri Louis Sullivan, both noted architects.  The pilasters with ornate capitals separating window bays are Neo-Classical Revival elements.

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Mr. Allen Butler retired to Syracuse after a long career as a Traveling Agent for the NY Central Railroad Company.  Once here, he quickly became one of the City’s most prominent citizens.   Believing in the future of Syracuse, he purchased several large parcels of land near the business center.   This building is one of the many buildings that comprise the Butler Block.

The Austin C. Chase residence was located where the Butler Building currently stands

Originally this building had two stories 120 feet deep.  Eventually three more stories were added 50 feet in depth.  The façade facing Clinton Street features arched windows grouped vertically to give the appearance of a full five story building.  This structure was home to various businesses related to furniture and household items.  Tobacco importers and wholesalers also once leased this building.  Originally city maps show a harness shop and carriage house here.  The most recent occupant of note was the Discovery Center of Science and Technology.  It occupied all of the first floor of the building for several years. This organization has since moved to the Armory and is now known as the MOST.