by Samuel D. Gruber
Researching recent walking tours in the Westcott neighborhood has allowed me to look more closely at many streets and houses. I continue to be surprised at what turns up. One such house is located at the northeast corner of Columbus Ave. and Hawthorne Street. It seems modest now, but a Post-Standard newspaper story about its erection by Daniel Rosenbloom (with photo) from May 1901 shows that the house was exceptional. It was a "well appointed Gothic structure." It is not clear whether Rosenbloom built this house for himself (he was a well-to-do civic-minded bachelor who lived on 704 East Jefferson according the city directories of the time). Most likely he was building to sell - as he apparently did with the Stickley House, erected a few lots down.
|Syracuse, NY. Daniel Rosenbloom house at 201 Hawthorne St. illustrated in the Post-Standard, May 19, 1901.|
|Syracuse, NY. Daniel Rosenbloom house at 201 Hawthorne St. Photo: Samuel D. Gruber (April 2012)|
The article from May 19, 1901 reads:
Well Appointed Gothic Structure Just Completed in Columbus Avenue.
Daniel Rosenbloom has just completed at Columbus avenue and Hawthorne street a well appointed one family residence. The house was erected from plans prepared by Architects Wellington W. Taber and F. C. Draper. The style of the house is Gothic, with a foundation of split field stone. The first story is clapboarded and the second shingled. The first floor is done in oak and the second story enameled in soft tints, and the side walls and ceiling on both floors are painted in effective and harmonious colorings. The grounds surrounding the house have been prettily laid out. Mr. Rosenbloom will build this summer another handsome and costly house, to be occupied by Isaac Rosenbloom. It is believed it will be located near Forman Park.
The house is still very similar to its original appearance - except that the Gothic arched porch on the Hawthorne facade is now filled in, and a new small covered entrance has been erected on the Columbus Avenue side. The exposed walls of the foundation are laid up in fancy stonework into which are set several small windows with Gothic-style pointed arches. A smaller house is close by to the east. This appears to have already been standing. The east wall of the Rosenbloom house is brick - probably built as fire protection since the 203 Hawthorne was only a few feet away.
The article tells us that the architects were Wellington W. Taber and F. C. Draper. Taber also designed the Queen Anne style house just down the street bought by Gustav Stickley from Rosenbloom in 1900, when still under construction. To date, his most recognized building in Syracuse is the classical Psi Upsilon Fraternity prominently located on the Syracuse University Campus. A fuller examination of Taber's career awaits a determined researcher. Presumably Rosenbloom and Taber were building both houses simultaneously as part of the development of this "Rosenbloom Tract." As I will write in another post, developer James W. Pennock and architect Archimedes Russell were developing in these same years the Pennock Tract - now Allen Street - in a similar way. There are at least three near-contemporary houses on the Columbus Ave., formerly the Rosenbloom Tract, but I'm still looking
for details about their construction.
|Rosenbloom and neighboring house. The blue house (203 Hawthorne) immediately to the east seems to have been already constructed, so Rosenbloom and Taber built their east wall of brick - presumably for fire protection.|
|Note the Gothic arches of the basement level.|
|House seen from the northwest, with Columbus Ave. facade.|
|Syracuse, NY. Rosenbloom's Dept Store (from postcard)|
|Syracuse, NY. Rosenbloom Shul|
Daniel was the most civic-minded of Solomon's seven sons. He was known as a businessman, philanthropist and was involved in local politics. He was served on the board of the public library, was a member of the Board of Education (the first Jew to hold this office) and served as president for four years. Daniel was offered the Democratic nomination for mayor, which he declined due t his poor health. Daniel died in the summer of 1905. According to an Post-Standard article of August 28, 1905, "Death was due to diabetes, for which Mr. Rosenbloom sought every known remedy and medical advice. He went to Carlsbad, Germany, three times, consulted with one of the most illustrious medical authorities in Berlin and with the now famous Dr. Osier of Baltimore, who recently left for Oxford, England, but secured no relief."
|Syracuse, NY 126 Victoria Place.|
|Syracuse, NY 470 Allen Street. Photo: S. Gruber 2012|
|Syracuse, NY 470 Allen Street. Gaggin & Gaggin, architects (1905). Photo: S. Gruber 2012|
N.b. All photos by Samuel D. Gruber except "Rosenbloom Shul" (originally B. G. Rudolph, From a Minyan to a Community (1970), originally Onondaga Historical Association).