Syracuse Savings Bank is a textbook example of the High Victorian Gothic, which was a popular commercial style in the 1870s. This was the first major commission for architect James Lyman Silsbee, who married well, and taught at Syracuse University School of Architecture for a time.
Detail of entrance
Silsbee did not stay in Syracuse too long; he opened offices in Buffalo and Chicago, where he eventually settled. Frank Lloyd Wright got his first job in architecture in Silsbee's Chicago office.