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Archimedes Russell I

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Hidden : 1/19/2009
3 out of 5
2 out of 5

Size: Size: micro (micro)

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Geocache Description:

A winter accessible three stage cache that provides a short walking tour of three buildings Archimedes Russell designed for Syracuse University that were built between 1887 and 1889. The first two stages require you to look at the architecture of the buildings to obtain the coordinates for the third and final stage, which is a physical cache.

Archimedes Russell was born in Andover, Massachusetts, and educated in Boston. He established an architectural practice in Syracuse in 1862. His architectural work is well known throughout central New York, where he designed a number of civic and institutional buildings.

Stage One: This building was constructed of Onondaga limestone and was the second building erected on the Syracuse University campus. It originally stood on a small rise southwest of the Hall of Languages "to provide an unimpeded view of the heavens." Today, this building houses the University Senate Recorder's Office. The coordinates shown above will take you to a specific side of this building. Collect the following information to derive the coordinates to Stage 2:

A=the number of stones in the row immediately below the eaves, divided by 10.
B= the number of stones in the third row down from the eaves.
C=the number of rows of stone in the chimney, including the capstone.
D=the number of windows in the round tower, plus 2 (you’ll have to walk around the building to determine this).

The coordinates for Stage 2 are: N43° 02.ABD W76° 08.AC

Stage 2: Built in 1889 this Romanesque building was for many years home of the nation's first degree-granting College of its type and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Collect the following information to get the coordinates for the third and final stage:

E=the number of circles inlaid on the door on this side of the building, minus 6
F=the number of circular windows in the arch above this door.
G=the number of letters in the first word of the name carved into the building, divided by 2 (you’ll have to walk around the building to determine this).
H=the number of letters in the last word of the name carved into the building (the last word, not the last proper name).
I=the number of steps leading up to the door under the name, minus 2.

The coordinates for the third and final stage are: N43° 02.IEH W76° 08.EGF

Stage 3 - This Romanesque structure was designed by Archimedes Russell to house the Von Ranke Library in 1889. In 1907, when Carnegie Library was built as the University's main library, its purpose changed. The building was recently renovated and its current purpose is shown on the outside of the building. You are looking for a micro sized container (a large bison capsule).

Please be sure to replace the cache exactly where you found it and press it firmly into place so that it doesn’t fall out!

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

1. orybj gur jneavat
2. haqre gur rqtr
3. Frr gur fcbvyre cvpgher

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



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