FOUNDER | PARTNER 1868 – 1915
Archimedes Russell was born in Andover, Massachusetts in 1840 to a carpenter father. At 19 he moved to Boston. After three years as an apprentice to architect John Stevens, Russell heard Syracuse was an up and coming city and contacted Rufus Rose, the only architect in the city’s directory, to inquire about a job. In his eagerness, Russell left Boston before receiving a response and he arrived in Syracuse to find Rose had moved to Chicago. Instead, in a critical twist of fate, he met another local architect Horatio Nelson White, becoming his apprentice in 1862. The rest, as they say, is history. After working closely with White on the Gridley Building in Hanover Square, Russell left White’s office and set out on his own in 1868. Archimedes could never have imagined that the firm he started as a 28-year-old would endure to become the oldest in New York State and the third oldest in the United States. A prodigious work ethic (Melvin King noted that Russell worked ten-hour days, six days a week) combined with a public spiritedness and inspired mind created not only a thriving firm, but literally helped build the city of Syracuse.