We are proud to be one of the nationally registered historic buildings of Syracuse.
At The Marriott Syracuse Downtown, formerly Hotel Syracuse, we take great pride in maintaining our rich history and are proud to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places!
The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation’s historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America’s historic and archeological resources.
What makes us so unique?
Originally known as the Hotel Syracuse, our property was considered to be the largest and most prestigious hotel in Syracuse, NY for nearly 90 years. It was built from 1922-1924 by architect George B. Post and Sons and the doors officially opened to the public in August 1924.
One of our most intriguing pieces of history, is the 40-foot by 6-foot mural depicting 20 key events during the first 100 years of Syracuse’s history, including the discovery of salt springs near the shore of Onondaga Lake, the formation of the Iroquois Confederacy and the rescue of a slave named William “Jerry” Henry from the Syracuse Jail in 1851, just before the Civil War. This mural was painted for the hotel by Carl Roters, a professor at Syracuse University’s College of Fine Arts. It was completed in 1948, 24 years after the hotel opened. The mural was located on a concrete wall that was above the reception desk. In the early 1980’s the mural was covered by mirrored panels to keep up with the popular glass and brass look that was emerging during that time. As part of our restoration process, the mural was uncovered and will be preserved as part of the hotel’s legacy.
Today at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown, we are working hard to preserve the historical significance of the former Hotel Syracuse. Slated to open to the public, and taking reservations for July 4, 2016 and on, it will be our joy to combine the historic with the new and offer you a brand new experience.
Until next week,
The Marriott Syracuse Downtown