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Tour Headquarters: State Tower

109 S. Warren Street

NEW State Tower 2018 300

The 2018 Downtown Living Tour officially begins at State Tower. Located in the Hanover Square Historic District, State Tower is the pinnacle of city living experience.

Standing 22 stories and 315 feet tall, State Tower is the tallest building in Central New York and offers unparalleled views. The Art Deco design by architects Thompson and Churchill set a precedent for buildings that followed, including New York City’s Chrysler and Empire State Buildings, and the motif is still carried throughout the building today.

Earlier this year, Pioneer Companies completed a nearly $40 million restoration, successfully preserving and restoring the landmark to its original glory. Pioneer created a truly urban mixed-use project at State Tower through an adaptive reuse of the upper 14 floors to high-end residential units, transforming the first 7 floors into Class A office space, and continuing to remodel retail shops at the ground level. The project included significant structural and system upgrades as well as extensive repairs to the building’s masonry façade.  In April, at the ACI Design and Installation Awards Dinner, State Tower was awarded the GOLD award as the top Masonry Project in Central New York.

The building is home to a mix of studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom apartments, as well as a 2,326 square-foot Penthouse Suite. Each unit features a unique floor plan, delivering stunning vistas, modern layouts and deluxe amenities.


Tour Stop: Lofts at 239

239 East Water Street235 E. Water St. 4

Set in historic Hanover Square – the oldest neighborhood in the City of Syracuse – The Lofts at 239 are the newest design by Urban Realty Group and R.F. Esposito. Two loft units are planned, which will include many of the unique modern amenities faithful tour-goers may remember from the design team’s Lofts at 235, seen on the 2017 Downtown Living Tour (click here for reference).

Both units will be furnished with Amazon’s Alexa for seamless communication between smart devices, speakers and Nest thermostats. Additionally, the lofts will have remote-controlled roller shades to manage the light coming through the unique wall of windows that both units offer.

Syracuse’s first wood-fired bagel shop, The Water Street Bagel Co, is expected to open on the ground floor this summer. This building represents another great example of the exciting urban redevelopment the historic Hanover Square district offers. 

Established in the early 1800s, the building’s prime location between Water Street and the Erie Canal allowed it to serve as a double-ender building during the Canal era. Positioned along the canal, the building’s upper floor freight doors and projecting hauling beams offered convenient access to lift freight from canal boats docked for unloading.

Tour Stop: GrangeX

215 East Water Street Grange Construction 400

GrangeX is a $3.4 million expansion of the Historic Grange Building renovation project completed in 2012. Scheduled for completion in July 2018, GrangeX will feature nine executive apartment homes including three flats, and six townhouse style units with private balconies. Together, GrangeX and the Historic Grange will contain a total of 12 executive apartment homes and include private on-site parking. Designed by Open Atelier Architects, the GrangeX units have an edgy and contemporary feel that is sure to appeal to a diverse population. Located in the heart of the Historic Hanover Square district, the combined property is the perfect fit for empty nesters and/or business executives seeking the charm and excitement of downtown living.


Tour Stop: Iron Pier Apartments

720 Van Rennsselaer Street on the day of the Tour
Eventually, this will become 110 Iron Pier DriveIron Pier 400                  

Located just a half-mile from Downtown Syracuse, a new, urban neighborhood is coming soon to the city’s Inner Harbor. When construction is complete, the Iron Pier Apartments will be home to more than 400 residential opportunities, including apartments, townhouses and condominiums. On Saturday, May 19, Living Tour guests will be able to walk through a model unit. The Iron Pier Apartments at the Inner Harbor are now leasing for a projected October, 2018 move-in. Each unit offers convenient features designed for waterfront living. In addition, residents will enjoy easy access to Downtown Syracuse and the Creekwalk Trail which runs directly through the Inner Harbor. There is also more than 30,000 square feet available for retail and restaurant opportunities.

Don’t forget! 2018 Living Tour attendees are invited to rest their legs and enjoy appetizers and drinks in
the W XYZ Bar & Lounge in the Aloft Syracuse Inner Harbor Hotel, which is serving as the Official Rest
Stop of the Downtown Living Tour.


Tour Stop: Oak Knitting Mill

102 West Division Street    Oak Knitting Mill 400                           

The Oak Knitting Mill Apartments – designed by famed Syracuse architect Archimedes Russell - was one of the first of the industrial buildings that were established on the reclaimed salt flats in the neighborhood now known as Franklin Square, and one of the most recent industrial buildings to be re-developed in this vicinity in the present-day. Its name is a tribute to its history, and a symbol of the fabric woven through its story. The building was first home to the Oak Knitting Company, which produced women’s knit underwear until it moved to Atlanta in 1927. Restored to modern use by an experienced team dedicated to preservation and adaptive reuse of historic properties, the Oak Knitting Mill Apartments is a National Parks Service certified historic rehabilitation project. The historic mill has been converted into 38 high-end residential units, blending modern amenities and finishes with character and charms from its storied past.                                                  


Tour Stop: Tallman Block 

225 West Fayette Street    Tallman Block Exterior 400

The historic Tallman Block building is home to 16 of the newest luxury loft apartments in Armory
Square. Built almost 150 years ago for Charles Tallman, the man who founded the Syracuse and Geddes Railroad, the building uniquely fronts both West Fayette and Walton Streets. Though residents may enter from both sides, the main entrance is located on West Fayette Street.

Last April, the development team of Mike Wicker, James Leana and Donald McMasters started a $3.1 million renovation to bring new life to the top two floors (which had been vacant for almost 40 years!)– continuing a trend to breathe new life into former warehouse buildings throughout Armory Square.

The apartments feature modern day luxuries, including granite countertops and under-counter lighting in the kitchen. Four of the apartments on the second floor have their own private terraces, which go to a courtyard in the middle of the building. All tenants have access to a central terrace. The luxury loft units also incorporate elements from the building’s past – such as exposed brick walls – where suited. In the lobby, tour-goers will even notice wainscoting and a banister from a hotel that once occupied floors two through four.

The Tallman Block was designed by Archimedes Russell and opened as a mixed-use building on three parcels when it was established in 1871.

Tour Stop: The Redhouse Arts Center

400 South Salina Street    IMG 4644 2 

The Redhouse Arts Center officially opened in the newly transformed City Center in March 2018, making its Downtown Syracuse debut with a two-week run of “On Golden Pond.” The not-for-profit arts center is dedicated to providing professional theatre of the highest caliber, innovative arts-based education, and community enrichment through cultural engagement. It’s served this mission since it was founded on West Street in 2004. As programming evolved to become more focused and responsive to suit the community – and attendance grew from a few hundred to more than 30,000 people annually - the Redhouse outgrew its 12,000 square-foot facility. In 2014, the Redhouse started to look for a new home where it could expand to meet new needs, and in 2015, the Redhouse saw an opportunity to redevelop the building which once housed the Sibley’s Department store, activating the corner of Jefferson and Salina Streets. The new space boasts three soundproof performance spaces. A large theater can accommodate 300 people, a small theater can accommodate 100 people, and a “studio” – a more flexible space – can accommodate up to 55 people.                                                                    


Tour Stop: Empire Building 

472 South Salina Street        EmpireSyracuse Home 300x2                                  

The second-act has begun for the Empire Building. Named for the theater it housed until 1961, the newly renovated Empire Building recently underwent a $10 million transformation. Now home to 51 superior one, two and three-bedroom apartments, its façade has been restored to its original art-deco design. The Empire Building is where the historic merges with high-tech living, blending charm and luxury. It offers a host of modern-day conveniences.

When The Empire Theatre opened in 1911, it was one of the first movie theaters in Syracuse, and one of the first spots where patrons could watch a silent film. While the auditorium was
located where the gated parking lot sits today, the building that houses apartments once sparkled with the theater’s marquee. Located in the Heart of Downtown Syracuse, the Empire
Building’s revitalization is shining a bring light along the 400 block of South Salina Street, serving as a beacon to welcome new Downtown neighbors and residents.


Tour Stop: 435 S. Warren Street 

435 South Warren Street  435 S Warren 400   

If walls could talk, the former WFBL Building would fill a book with the stories it knows – and now, whoever moves into the 4,000 square foot luxury apartment will hold a starring role in the building’s next chapter as “The Largest Apartment in Downtown Syracuse.”

Established in 1914, the building at 431-435 South Warren Street was the home of the City Club of Syracuse until 1918. Then, the Syracuse Chamber of Commerce moved in, and called it home until 1926. The building was used for retail and office over the next fifteen years. In 1941, it was sold to the Onondaga Broadcasting Company to be used for the radio station, WFBL.

The unique, Art Modern terra cotta façade – which makes the building the only one of its kind in Syracuse - was added shortly after, unifying it with the adjacent building at 437-441 S. Warren Street.
The buildings are local Historic Protected Sites of the City of Syracuse. They were one of the first of their kind on Warren Street, and catalyzed the block’s transition from residential to commercial, to what’s now a mix of both.

Fun Fact: The W.F.B.L. original sound booth was located where the Master Bedroom Suite is today. 

As an added bonus, celebrity chef, PBS host and award-winning author, Julie Taboulie, will be cooking a few of her favorite dishes on-site and treating Downtown Living Tour guests to samples!