Our Lobby’s Mural at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown and the Story Behind It.
A picture is worth a thousand words or so the saying goes. Whether a first time visitor or frequent traveler, it’s hard not to stop and stare at the large painting that hangs behind our front desk. Yet, do you know the history behind our lobby’s mural at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown?
Our historic mural, which depicts 20 key events during the first 100 years of Syracuse’s history, was painted by Carl Roters back in 1949. A few of the depicted events include the discovery of salt springs near the shore of Onondaga Lake and the formation of the Iroquois Confederacy. Roters was a professor at Syracuse University’s College of Fine Arts, retiring in the early 60s before passing away in 1989. For this painting, Roters used short strokes which gives a feeling of movement. The artist who restored the mural and was able to see Roter’s work up close, describes it as a masterpiece.
The painter and art restorer, Marek Mularski, of Auburn, Mass., cleaned decades worth of tobacco smoke and coal dust which had darkened the mural over the years, partly due to the hotel’s original furnace which burned coal. The vigorous cleaning process brightened up the mural, making it identical to how it looked back in 1949.
In addition to the mural, Roters also completed four panels of work in our Cavalier Room.
The next time you are a guest of ours at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown or just passing through, be sure to take a moment to stop and admire the magnificent artwork that is displayed in our lobby. It is exciting that these historic works of art continue to have a place at our hotel. You can learn more about the story of our lobby’s mural at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown by clicking here.
Our IACC Conference Space in Syracuse is Ready to Host your Next Corporate Event.
Meeting planners, book your next event with us and rest assured knowing that you will be taken care of from beginning to end. Our meeting rooms and flexible IACC Conference Space in Syracuse is a top pick for corporate event planners in our area. With top-notch caterers and expert meeting planners on hand, we are ready to help you create a flawless event at our IACC-approved hotel, conveniently located in Syracuse, NY.
What is IACC?
IACC stands for International Association of Conference Centers, an organization that is recognized globally and has 400 members in 21 countries. Members of the IACC are expected to observe a set of high standards when it comes to the physical design, as well as the food and beverage offerings. At the Marriott Syracuse Downtown, we are proud to be the largest and newest IACC conference space in the Syracuse area.
Here’s what we offer to our meeting planners:
- Over 8,000 square feet of meeting space in our IACC Conference Center located on the ground floor
- The latest A/V Technology is available in our spaces at no additional cost in the IACC Conference Rooms
- Meeting rooms range from 350-1,250 square feet of flexible meeting space
- Each area can be set up in a variety of configurations
- Variety of menu options are available for snacks or meals during your event
- Free WiFi in the Conference Center for all attendees
- Menus can be a la carte
- Many flexible meeting packages to fit all budgets
Interested in hearing more about our event space here at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown? Contact Lynsey Riffle, Sales Manager at 315-554.3531 or Lynsey.Riffle@marriott.com to begin planning your business meeting at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown. We look forward to making your next corporate event a success.
The history behind our beautifully restored ballrooms at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown.
In order to know where you’re going, you must know where you’ve been. When our hotel first opened in 1924, the magnificent ballroom resembled a blue sky with scattered white clouds. The idea was to create the impression that the ceiling was open to the sky. As the years went on, the ceiling was covered with acoustic tiles and painted white. During our restoration, the beautiful skyscape scene was recreated in our 10th floor ballroom at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown, restoring the Hotel Syracuse’s famous Grand Ballroom to its 1924 glory.
The sky ceiling restored:
Employees of John Tiedemann Inc., a NJ company that specializes in painting and decorating churches and historic buildings, used historic photos and research to create the ceiling that you admire today. Yes, the old tiles are still there but the workers plastered over them, painting the ceiling blue and then air-brushing the white clouds.
A fresh coat of paint goes a long way:
Along with the ceiling, the walls were also painted white years ago, giving a “washed out” appearance to the room. Peeling back the layers, the specialists discovered that the grand ballroom at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown was originally shades of gold, a refreshing look compared to the crisp white appearance that it has been for decades. To match the gold color scheme, workers also painted the columns faux marble, a nice complement to the glamorous gold walls.
Our Grand Ballroom was one of the last rooms to be renovated, receiving extra attention to ensure a magnificent and “wow” finish. The sky ceiling at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown is certainly a favorite among our guests and wedding parties. “This whole floor is really the showcase of the building,” our new owner, Ed Riley said. “This has the views. They’re amazing, something you don’t normally see in a ballroom.”
Interested in planning a wedding with us? Take a tour of our grand ballroom today. Click here for additional information.
Attending the Syracuse University Graduation? Make a stop at Eleven Waters.
Congratulations, Class of 2017 from all of us here at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown. If you will be attending the commencement weekend on May 12-14, we welcome you to stop by and re-fuel at Eleven Waters. Whether you’d like to enjoy a hearty breakfast before the ceremony or stop by afterwards, our Syracuse restaurant happily welcomes you, your family and friends to join us for a bite to eat.
We are always serving up unique local flavors for you to indulge in while relaxing in a modern bistro setting. Our private dining room welcomes your private parties to dine accompanied by an antique wine cabinet feature, a truly one-of-a-kind experience. This now famous cabinet was uncovered during the restoration project. Dining in our private dining room, alongside this historic feature is the perfect way to celebrate the fine craftsmanship of our state, as well as your accomplishments throughout your college career.
Browse our menus and reserve your table today.
Eleven Waters is open:
- Monday – Friday: 6:30am to 10pm
- Saturday & Sunday: 7am to 10pm
If you will be spending the weekend here in Syracuse and you’re seeking hotels for the Syracuse University Graduation, we invite you to stay with us overnight. Please reach out to us directly at 1-315-474-2424 to inquire about our availability for the 2017 Syracuse University Graduation weekend.
Once again, Congratulations Graduates!
Our Versatile Menu is Sure to Impress at our Easter Brunch in Syracuse!
Gather your loved ones and join us for our Easter Brunch in Syracuse. From traditional favorites to fresh seafood selections, our versatile menu is sure to please even the pickiest of eaters. Along with our Syracuse Easter Sunday brunch buffet, children can enjoy an Easter egg hunt and a meet and greet with the Easter Bunny.
If you’ll be spending Easter weekend in Syracuse, come join the fun in our Persian Terrace on Sunday, April 16th at 11:30am and 2:30pm . Adult tickets are $42.00 each, and children’s tickets (ages 5-12) are $19.00 each. Children 5 and under are free.
Our buffet selections will include:
Peppered Maple Bacon and Sausage Patties
Corned Beef Hash
Eggs and Omelets
Deep Dish Apple and Cranberry Tart
Loaded Home Fries
Crabcakes, Oysters and Clams
Shrimp ‘n’ Grits
Low Country Gumbo
Banana Bread Pudding
Classic Caesar Salad
Mixed Green Salad
Slow Roasted Prime Rib
Roasted Leg of Lamb
Selection of Cheeses, Fruits, Yogurts, and Pastries
Kids Meals Upon Request
We hope you’ll be joining us for Easter Brunch in Syracuse. For additional information and to purchase your tickets, click here or email email@example.com or call (315) 474-2424 with any questions or concerns. Wishing you a Happy Easter from the Marriott Syracuse Downtown.
Meeting Planning in Syracuse is Easy when Booking with us!
We invite you to plan your next Syracuse meeting with us right here at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown. With over 41, 000 square feet of flexible event space, we have just what you need for a successful corporate event.
Our IACC Conference Center features eight breakout rooms, six private dining/meeting rooms and three ballrooms to ensure a comfortable fit for events of every size.
- Grand Ballroom – 5,952 square feet
- Persian – 4,050 square feet
- Finger Lakes Ballroom – 7,888 square feet
- Empire Room – 2,940 square feet
After choosing one of our Syracuse event spaces, let our specialists work with you to create the perfect afternoon or evening for your clients. Our culinary team is ready to prepare meals or snacks to help satisfy every palette.
For your convenience, our business center provides:
- Complimentary wired and wireless internet access
Conveniently located in the heart of downtown, just steps away from The Oncenter Convention facility, a few blocks from the historic Armory Square District and less than one mile from Syracuse University and Upstate Medical Center, consider us for your next corporate event. Begin the meeting planning process in Syracuse today. Give our specialists a call directly at 315-474-2424.