Syracuse, NY (former) Dey Brothers Department Store

Dey Brothers Department Store was founded in 1877. It was the high-end department store in Syracuse. This building was designed by Archimedes Russell in 1893. It merged with its competitor the Addis Company in the late 1980s. It then merged with another small department store chain out of Connecticut, Sage-Allen. This store closed in 1992, and the entire chain shut down in 1994.


Supposedly the Dey Brothers Department Store is on the National Register, but I cannot find the National Register number.

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  • Harpo42 6y

    Beautiful! I dated a guy in Syracuse long ago, but I never made it very far past the university's campus. I missed out on some good stuff.
  • army.arch 6y

    I know, isn't this just a gorgeous building. It just screams department store.
  • Richard 6y

    I like it. I'll bet it once had Pneumatic tubes from each department to the cash room.
  • Pete Zarria 6y

    Looks like they "topped" some of the decorations on the top edge.
  • Faye Marcos 6y

    i worked at the third floor of this building for The Bank of New York. i miss this place.
  • Greg Johnson 5y

    Like most rustbelt cities, downtown Syracuse is now virtually abandoned. The mid-century architectural "improvements" have been removed from many of the buildings on Salina Street, I suppose in the vain hope that the Disney look would somehow entice shoppers to return. No dice.
    Dey Brothers once had a smooth veneer added to make it seem modern. (Pace Archimedes Russell.) Many of the other buildings had either Vitrolite or aluminum louver facades. Addis and Flah's being exceptions.
  • Jaya Deb Roy 5y

    I was in Syracuse between 1969 to 1976 and my favorite store was Dey Brothers. I have spent many a delightful hours in the store browsing and procuring beautiful and exclusive items- i still have a picture of myself and my small son who was born in Syracuse, in front of the store.
    This year i visited the city after 35 years and looked for the store and was sad to find it gone.
    Well - all things must pass- but the memories remain.
  • jackiepinky 5y

    I was at Syracuse University in the late 70's. I did a watercolor of this building, if I'm not mistaken. I remember how nice the stores all were in Syracuse, it was like stepping into another time (esp at that time).
    Very sad to see downtown areas of cities gone, and stores all out in malls.
  • sriggins1 4y

    Thanks for this picture. My mother, Joan Butler Riggins, was fresh out of Syracuse University when she landed a job at Dey Bros as a graphic artist in the early 1950's.
  • jse2011 4y

    While I was at Syracuse University in the mid seventies I worked at Dey Brothers one summer. It was a bustling place as was downtown Syracuse, and seemed to show no signs of slowing down. My manager was a very nice woman who placed me in a few different departments; cosmetics, men's, women's and children's clothing, but it was just a summer job as far as I was concerned. I am sad to see Deys and other downtown stores gone, but hopefully something useful will be done with the lovely building. I wish my old manager and everyone I knew there well. (And don't forget the wonderful homemade doughnut shop that was nearby!)
  • Arena249 3y

    I worked as the employee elevator operator and shipping clerk in the early 70's at Dey's.
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