Yesterday I was glad to attend the opening of the new Center of Excellence. I'll write more on that in a separate post. But walking down, and then then looking south through the CoE's wall of glass, I couldn't help a feeling of dismay as I passed two of the most significant and most neglected buildings in Syracuse, the Gustav Stickley House on Columbus Avenue and the former AME Zion Church at 711 East Fayette, just a stone's throw from the CoE. Both are small buildings which once had small problems, but neglect has caused more damage and the future of each remains uncertain.
The former AME is, I think, the oldest purpose-built Africa-American church in Syracuse. The modest church building with elegant stained glass windows was (apparently) designed by leading
I'd appreciate hearing from anyone with information or ideas about saving this important building. Given its prime location and small size it could be used for a variety of educational, exhibition and community purposes.
July Wellman wrote in Uncovering the Freedom Trail in
The original church was at 14 Chestnut (West side of South Crouse between Washington and Water Streets). The congregation moved to
From Syracusthenandnow (http://syracusethenandnow.org/Architects/Colton/Charles_Erastus_Cotton.htm):
“When Charles E. Colton died in 1914, he was hailed as "the most prominent architect in the city at the time." In