The historic Hotel Syracuse, located in Syracuse, New York, was designed by renowned hotel designer William Stone Post of George B. Post & Sons of New York City in 1921 with the hotel built from 1922-1924. The 91-year old hotel was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2008. The hotel has hosted numerous famous individuals including President John F. Kennedy, President Eisenhower, Elvis Presley, Bob Hope, Charles Lindbergh, and John Lennon.
As of June 2015, work on the restoration of the historic hotel had begun under Hotel Syracuse Restoration Managing Member Ed Riley, Development Director Kevin Riley, general contractor The Hayner Hoyt Corporation, and architectural firm Holmes, King, Kallquist & Associates.
The hotel, officially renamed the Marriott Syracuse Downtown, opened for business in August 2016 with all major historic spaces returned to their former grandeur.
Grand Light restored numerous historic iron, crystal and plaster chandeliers, plaster wall sconces, and ceiling flush mounts from the Grand Ballroom, Lobby, and Persian Terrace. The refurbishment and subsequent return of these historic lighting fixtures marks a significant event in this landmark’s history and have since been a highlight during the hotel’s recent events including a fundraising gala, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s press conference, the St Patrick’s Day Grand Marshal Celebration dinner, and numerous local newsgroup reports and segments.
The hotel and Grand Light’s contribution to the building’s restoration was also featured prominently in the August Edition of the architectural magazine, Clem Labine’s Traditional Building.
Grand Light’s restoration work at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown was recently featured in the latest issue of Traditional Buildings. The following are excerpts from that article:
“The chandeliers in each location were originally fabricated using a wide range of different materials, including plaster, brass, bronze and steel, which required the Grand Light artisans to use a considerable variety of restoration techniques.”
“A key element in the restoration of both old and new fixtures was to ensure all of the colors applied during this process were historically accurate and matched the originals, as well as compliment the colors of the ornate murals in the hotel.”
The restored Grand Ballroom historic plaster chandeliers compliment the renovated billowing clouds skyscape ceilings and elaborate gold leaf decorative walls.
These historic chandeliers were admired by 1,100 people during the “Forever Hotel Syracuse,” gala fundraiser, an event celebrating the hotel’s past with guests donning 1920’s attire and vintage cars parked along the street.
During the gala event, it was noticed by hotel staff and personnel that the guests “heads were all directed upwards”, fixated on the beautifully restored iron chandeliers located in the Lobby.
While the Persian Terrace acted as a banquet area during the gala event, the beautiful new custom brass and crystal chandeliers were also featured in the backdrop of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s press conference.
The restored and custom chandeliers, along with Grand Light’s own Ryan Stockman, were recently featured on a Special Report by Carrie Lazarus, “Extraordinary: Hotel Syracuse”, chronicling the progress and renovation of the Marriott Syracuse Downtown. To see the special in its entirety, please click the image above.
Grand Light specializes in the restoration of historical luminaires of every scale, material, finish, and design. From professional diagrams and plans for your project to rewiring fixtures to UL standards, our specialists have proven their reputation as exceptional lighting restorers.
For more information regarding this project, you may review the project homepage at Marriott Syracuse Downtown.