Over the course of the semester, the students in the Historic Preservation Planning Program have been creating a historic resource survey of Syracuse. The neighborhood around Park Avenue was chosen due to its rich history. Park Avenue was very important for the salt industry since it contained salt land. Syracuse, at the beginning of the 19th century, was one of the largest worldwide producers and distributors of salt, the "white gold" of the time. As a result of the economic boom and population growth, there is a large amount of mixed use in this part of Syracuse. The use of the building spanned from residential, to commerical, to industrial. Further information can be found in the survey booklet created by the department.
The students focused on the area to the east of Geddes Street. Overall the students chose 37 buildings on which to conduct intensive level research. These houses were designated as having historic and architectural significance.
The class presented their work on Sunday, December 4th, to the Syracuse community and the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability of Syracuse.
HPP students at the St. Paul's Armenian Apostolic Church after their presentation
Picture credit: Ana Castillo