Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Join Me on Washington Square Neighborhood Architecture and History Tour on Sunday, August 26th

Join Me on  Washington Square Neighborhood Architecture and History Tour
Sunday, August 26th at 2:00 p.m.

I invite you to join me for a tour of the art, architecture and history of the Washington Square neighborhood on Syracuse's Northside.  The tour begins at the recently restored Kirkpatrick Monument at Washington Square Park at 2:00 p.m. and will continue on neighboring Park, Court, Turtle and Bear Streets.

The tour is sponsored by the Preservation Association of Central New York (PACNY), concluding its summer Northside walking tour series.  Tour participation is $5.00 for PACNY members, $10.00 for non-members.

The history of Washington Square, formerly the heart of the town of Salina and then Syracuse’s First Ward, encompasses the region’s history from the Onondaga Nation, to the first white settlement and development of a salt-based economy, to today’s diverse community. The area includes fine art monuments such as the William Kirkpatrick Monument, designed by noted American Renaissance sculptor Gail Sherman Corbett, and a large selection of noteworthy mid-19th-century houses and churches and early 20th-century commercial and industrial buildings. Many of the houses and churches served the leaders of Syracuse’s Salt industry.

The two-hour tour will discuss the area’s history and some of its notable residents, and will especially focus on the urban and architectural trends that shaped neighborhood as seen through individual buildings including the John Lynch House, the William G. Clarke House, the Henry E. Pierce (Octagon) House, the Parke S. Avery House, Westminster Presbyterian Church, St. John the Baptist Church and the Penfield Manufacturing Company.