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George Harvey Office Building
Binghamton, Broome County (1939)
landmark status: Located in local, State and National Register historic district.
threat: Municipal disinvestment.
Designed in 1939 by Binghamton architect Walter Whitlock, the  Justice Building has been called a “New Deal version of classical Federal design with Art Deco detailing.” The abandoned building stands in the center of a complex of local and state government buildings in downtown Binghamton, and is an important visual component of the surrounding Court Street Historic District which surrounds the 1898 Broome County Courthouse. In the 1990s, due to asbestos concerns, Broome County constructed a replacement facility on an adjacent parcel. In 2001, as a cost-cutting measure, the county shut off the utilities of the Justice Building, leading to further deterioration. However, if rehabilitated for offices successfully serving the needs of the county, the George Harvey Justice Building could become a vital part of a “justice hub” and an anchor for a revitalized downtown.