FBG Project U-053
• Source: FBG-Sweet's
Project for Bay Road Construction Co
- Syracuse, NY
One of several jobs known from the listing in the FBG advertisement in the 1909 Sweet's Catalogue. The exact nature of the project remains unknown, but was set against a backdrop of high corporate and civic drama.
In short, Bay Road Construction Company seems to have been a subsidiary or subcontractor to one or more local rail lines that had spent years trying to extend their lines from Syracuse out to nearby Oneida Lake, to foster and promote resort development there. For reasons that seem to be largely lost, the effort failed, Bay Road halted work, and the organization was then sued into bankruptcy. The effort was launched in April of 1905, work had ceased by fall, and the onslaught of suits began in January 1906. The company's assets were sold off by early 1907.
(The curious are directed to long clip from a book on Syracuse history below that puts it as clearly as anything else I was able to find. There are a considerable number of court proceedings that may shed some light on the details, but no reference to FBG has been found.)
The FBG org chart of Aug 1905 lists Brockway & Taylor as architects of job A-17 in Syracuse NY. There is no other known match for this job.
The odd thing is that the entire matter was something of a cause célèbre in its day, and it is a mystery as to why FBG would list any work for the company or on the overall project without fear of taint or embarrassment.
- Local laborer notice
Unknown. The nature of the project and any constructions are unknown.
- North Adams Transcript (MA), 10 May 1905:
- Buffalo Evening News, 11 Oct 1905:
- Past and Present of Syracuse and Onondaga County, New York, William Martin Beauchamp; 1908:
- Annual Report 1907, Board of NY Railroad Commissioners, p.1480:
- A link to what seems to be the entire court proceeding of one case against Bay Road can be found here . (This content seems to be misfiled under the entry of a book by B.F. Skinner, and may become unlinked at some future point. A search of Google Books should locate it if necessary. There are other court documents listed by GB as well.)