Scotia

The Scotia Post Office

Scotia’s post office building dates to 1940 and looks to me like a village post office is supposed to look. Auto enthusiasts could probably give a good idea of the date of this postcard, but not much has changed on this corner in the last half-century. The free-standing signs out front, which used to advertise …

Entering Scotia

Another view, this time from the topside, of the Western Gateway Bridge and its approach into Scotia. I always loved the concrete lattice details, which on the “new” bridge were replaced by steel guiderails and chain link fence, which I’m sure is lovely to someone (perhaps a junkyard dog), but not to me. (The Troy-Menands …

When Bridges Were Bridges

Not sure just when this undated postcard of the original Western Gateway Bridge was made, but the bridge itself, a graceful concrete arch structure, opened in December 1925. Previously, Schenectady and Scotia were connected by a trolley bridge between Schonowe Avenue and Washington Avenue. Four men died in an accident during the Western Gateway’s construction …

The Old Mohawk School

Here’s a pretty picture of another old school, Scotia’s original Mohawk School, on Mohawk Avenue. It was built in 1870, and served as the school until sometime in the 1930s when the “new” school was built on Ten Broeck Avenue, deeper in the village. The building then served as the Colonial Ice Cream factory, until …