Beauty in Binghamton

A city can be greatly defined by the architecture of the buildings it holds. Many people fail to recognize and appreciate the architecture of the buildings that Binghamton has to offer. One of the most recognized and famous architects in New York State, Isaac Perry, designed and built a number of buildings in the area. Some of his most famous designs include the New York State Inebriate Asylum, Phelps Mansion, Broome County Courthouse, and a number of churches in Binghamton including Saint Patrick’s Church on Leroy Street. Perry has also designed a number of buildings in New York City, and he was asked to complete the New York State Capitol building in Albany. He is one of the most decorated architects in New York State and he spent a lot of his time in the Binghamton area.

Isaac Perry

          Isaac Perry

Isaac Perry was born in 1822 in Bennington Vermont. He grew up designing and building staircases with his father, but he really wanted to become an architect. Perry met a man named Joseph Turner who had the vision for the Inebriate Asylum. At the time Perry had no experience in architecture and had never designed a building before. With Turner’s assistance Perry ended up designing the New York State Inebriate Asylum and moved to Binghamton to oversee its completion. Perry moved here just at the start of when Binghamton began to prosper and grow exponentially. He quickly designed many other buildings in the area and was a major contributor to the growth and development of Binghamton into what it is today.

Inebriate Asylum

                              Inebriate Asylum

The Inebriate Asylum in Binghamton is one of the few of its kind. It was designed to help people with alcoholism. They treated alcoholism as a disease and it was one of the first places to do so. The building was built mainly out of stone and brick and is considered tudor castellated architecture. The building is very large, but is no longer in use. The building is currently undergoing renovations with the hopes that it can be used for the Binghamton clinical campus and physician assistant program.

            Churches have always been marvelous architectural structures. The purpose of each varies depending on the location and design of the church. One of the architectural marvels of the Binghamton area is Saint Patrick’s Church on Leroy Street. Built by Isaac G. Perry in the late 1800s it is one of the oldest churches in the area. The Saint Patrick’s Church in Binghamton was built in Norman style architecture. The church is still being used today and is a very popular landmark in the city of Binghamton.

            Saint Patrick’s church has a bell tower and two side towers right at the entrance of the church. This church has no buttresses and this gives it a more boxed shape look. The thin columns of the church lead up to pointed archways. The nave of Saint Patrick’s church has a patterned and vaulted roof with a pointed archway at the very front just above the choir. Above the side archways on the second level are stained glass windows that allow for light to illuminate the church during the day. Saint Patrick’s church does have a number of lights and chandeliers in it to help illuminate the church. The vaulted ceiling and crossed arches are similar to many churches and cathedrals throughout the world. Isaac Perry designed this church to last a long time and is very similar to the other buildings he has designed.

Saint Patrick’s church is a Catholic church that still holds mast regularly. There are many pews that all face the main choir at the front. Above the main entrance is where to organ is placed. There are stairs to the right just through the entrance that lead up to the organ where the organist will play songs during worship. There are also pews up next to the organ for people in the choir to sing while the organ is playing and to lead the church goers during songs of prayer.  The front choir holds a very elaborate alter and a main podium for the pastor to breach during service. Also on the main choir there is a bath that is used for baptism. At the front left side of the church there is a statue of the mother Mary. Above the main alter there is a large stained glass window with a pointed archway.


The Inebriate Asylum and Saint Patrick’s church are two of Isaac Perry’s best architectural works in Binghamton. The asylum is no longer in use and is currently undergoing renovations, while Saint Patrick’s church is still active and holds regular masts. There are a large number of pews lined in the nave of the church or cathedral for the worshipers to sit in that all face the main choir. There is also an alter at the front for the pastor to use during services. Saint Patrick’s church is mainly made out of brick, wood, and concrete. There is also some marble on the lower part of the entrance hall. Isaac Perry was one of the greatest architects in New York State that decided to do a lot of his work in Binghamton. Without people like Isaac Perry Binghamton would not be what it is today.