Hotel Syracuse

Last Thursday, June 11, 2009, we attended the OHA Medal Event Breakfast.  OHA awards the OHA Medal to recognize distinguished contributions to local history and to the preservation and interpretation of the history of Onondaga County. This year’s honorees were: Cathedral Candle Company, Historians of Syracuse China, William Pomeroy, and John H. Mulroy, the first County Executive of Onondaga County.   The event was held in the Grand Ballroom of the Hotel Syracuse, which was built between 1922 and 1924.


At this time, the Hotel Syracuse opens up its banqueting facilities for special events, but otherwise it is closed.

Grand Ballroom

Details from the Grand Ballroom:






View from the Grand Ballroom, which is on the tenth floor of Hotel Syracuse, looking south to the glacially formed hills where I grew up:

I have many memories related to Hotel Syracuse: My Senior Ball was held in the Grand Ballroom, I belonged to the Syracuse Ski Hawks and we had our parties  in the Grand Ballroom, and we held our board meetings in one of the meeting rooms.   Plus we had work Christmas parties at the Hotel’s restaurant.

It was weird walking towards the entrance with nobody around:

I wish I took photos after I was inside to show the large staircase to get up to the main floor, which was a ghost town. It was really weird.

There are so many details on the outside of this building, I could spend more time taking photos. The gargoyles are still hanging on:


I can only imagine how beautiful this building was when it was brand new. It’s beautiful now, but it definitely needs work. I hope they will be able to open it up again soon!



3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Linda in Erie
    Jun 15, 2009 @ 14:55:58

    The building is beautiful and I hope it gets to open. They don’t make buildings like that anymore. It would cost a fortune. The inside looks just beautiful! Great photos.


  2. Jayne
    Jun 16, 2009 @ 06:54:09

    What an extraordinary building. That grand ballroom is so very opulent and grand!


  3. san francisco motels
    Jun 16, 2009 @ 13:02:59

    its my first time in your blog, and i must say i really like it !
    bookmark it , you got yourself a reader 🙂
    btw: great photos


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