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Marriott Syracuse Downtown uncovers treasures and pieces of Hotel Syracuse history. 

Hotel Syracuse history
Historic preservation means so much more than just restoring the Hotel Syracuse for another use, it is capturing a moment in time…connecting to our past and provide a framework for the city we live in.

The Marriott Syracuse Downtown is working hard to capture those moments in time so that when we open our doors in 2016, our guests will get a chance to be a part of that living history!

One example of this continuing preservation will be the restoration of a massive mural of Syracuse’s early history. This 40-foot wide, 6-foot tall painting was created by the late Carl Roters and has been hanging on a wall in the lobby since 1949. The colorful painting depicts events from the first 100 years of Syracuse’s history from the formation of the Iroquois Confederacy all the way to the rescue of the escaped slave William “Jerry” Henry in 1851.

Although the mural was covered by mirrors during a renovation of the lobby in the late 1970s, workers recently removed the mirrors as part of the careful restoration of the hotel.

In the Persian Terrace, additional murals painted on the original ceiling are being revealed as well and the stage’s original Maine marble – both are slated to be restored as well.

Continuing the tradition of preserving the Hotel Syracuse history, the Marriott Syracuse Downtown will include a hotel museum that will display the pieces of memorabilia being donated to both the Hotel and the Onondaga Historical Association from matchbooks to menus, receipts and larger items. Ed Riley hopes to recover some of the bigger hotel furnishings including the statuary that used to be in the Persian Terrace.

We look forward to sharing all of these special pieces with our future guests!

Until next time,
The Marriott Syracuse Downtown