When: Saturday, May 30, noon
Where: First English Lutheran Church, 501 James Street at Townsend Street
How much: $5 fee, reservations recommended
Nestled in a triangle bounded by James Street, Lodi Street, and Burnet Avenue, the Hawley-Green Historic District boasts some of the earliest--and finest--residential Victorian architecture in Syracuse. This is a real neighborhood defined by central location, desirable density and a sense of community. There is no better way to become acquainted with the charms of this area than to stroll its quaint streets and visit its restored homes at the Fourth Hawley-Green House and Garden Tour.
Participants meet at noon at the rear entrance of the First English Lutheran Church, 501 James Street, between Townsend and McBride Streets. Free parking is available in the church lot.. Built in 1911 and designed by noted Syracuse architect, Archimedes Russell, the church is significant for its mission-inspired look. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1988. The tour begins with a guided visit to the splendid sanctuary.
Victorian houses painted in multiple hues have become Hawley-Green icons.
These "Painted Ladies" are named after the colorist fad that swept San Francisco in the 1960s.. On majestic McBride Street the tour calls on two of the "Ladies" to see a handsomely renovated apartment and a trendy gift/book shop with stained glass panels, marble and wood mantels, gilded turrets, and carved porch posts.
We then visit newly restored apartments in a mansion on Hawley Avenue complete with ornate plaster rosettes, antique chandeliers, carved slate fireplaces, and hardwood floors. Across the street we go to a small clapboard multi-unit revamped into lavish, surprisingly spacious and elegantly appointed Manhattan-style apartments, as well as a chic salon in what once was an abandoned video shop.
Green Street is the District's main residential artery. Once noted for abundant greenery and imposing mansions it had fallen into disfavor, and the tour will see firsthand how the street has regained its former glory through creatively restored homes and lush gardens.