Binghamton: Building the Parlor City

Doug Kerr

The Architectural Vision of Binghamton

In 1786, William Bingham, a wealthy banker and land speculator from Philadelphia, purchased 10,000 acres of land in Upstate New York. Bingham had a vision of building a model village that would rival any in New England. Bingham would never live to see the city that would bear his name, but by the end of the 19th century, Binghamton would become one of the industrial centers in the Northeast. Binghamton: Building the Parlor City, by WSKG's Brian Frey, traces the history of Binghamton and its rise from an Indian village through its industrial heyday.