Lovely Buildings of Downtown Hamilton, NY

We took a little mid-winter’s drive to Hamilton, NY. You can read my first post here. I just love the old-fashioned feel of this town, with it’s old but grand buildings and incredible architecture. A good portion of Upstate New York small towns were once as grandiose– some even grander in their heyday– but too many cities have seen severe decline. Much of the upkeep of the town of Hamilton is due to the presence of Colgate University. College towns are usually kept up much better than “regular” towns, it seems.

Street in Hamilton

Because Colgate began its purpose as a religious, Baptist seminary, there are numerous places of worship and quiet repose in the town. Here in mid-February, the parks and lawns are still snow covered, but the sidewalks are shoveled. The photo below shows a pleasant park at the crossroads of town. With nice warm, outdoor clothing, it’s a brisk, pleasant walk.

Park in Green

Hamilton Gazebo

On one sidewalk, there is a sentimental memorial to a past Hamilton mayor.

Edmund Clark Memorial

The Baptist Church, near the park, is extremely impressive.

Baptist Church Hamilton

This is St. Mary’s, on the other side of town. Gothic-looking, isn’t it?

St Mary's Hamilton

The Village Hall building caught my eye from a distance. It’s Italianate architecture, so I assume this was built sometime after 1870 or so. It looks like a wedding cake, doesn’t it?

Village Hall Building Hamilton

I was totally awed by the corbels in the eaves.

Eaves 2


Hamilton Village Hall Eaves

OK, I know, enough with the eaves.

If you are interested in seeing some of the quirkier photos, I posted some on my other NY blog, here.

About the Author

I've been traveling throughout New York State since I got the travel bug after touring the Herkimer Home on a school field trip as a youngster. We've been blogging about our travels since 2006 and have visited over half of New York's 62 counties so far.

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  1. Those look like some nice buildings with good architecture, I think all towns should have nice buildings instead of prefab and tacky looking blocks!

  2. Anne says:

    I really like the look! I also prefer the old buildings to the faceless modern ones which just don’t add any character to a town. It seems like a really nice trip… Perhaps I should head up there too and escape the crows of New York City!

  3. Barbara says:

    Hamilton is my “hometown”. Enjoyed seeing your photos of the town which has not changed much since I grew up there. So many memories!