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Explore Hawley-Green: Tour the Houses and Discover the History of the Neighborhood

Written by Lexie Kwiek  • May 25, 2016

Lexie2_for webEditor’s Note: Lexie is a proud AmeriCorps VISTA alum with a master’s degree in Communications & New Media Marketing from Southern New Hampshire University. She currently works as the Volunteer & Community Engagement Coordinator for the Syracuse Northeast Community Center and NEHDA. We’ve asked her to write guest posts for us, taking a deeper look into the Northside, its businesses, organizations, and residents. All of her posts can be found under the “Syracuse Northeast Community Center” and the “NEHDA” categories.

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On Saturday, June 18th, eight historic buildings in the Hawley-Green neighborhood will be opening their doors to curious tour-goers. Visitors will get to see preserved aspects of the houses including pressed tin ceilings, mahogany woodwork, stained glass windows, and original fireplaces.

Each stop on the tour gives you an exclusive peek inside some of the neighborhood’s most beautiful homes, as well as stories from Hawley-Green’s rich history. For example, did you know that the first wave of residents that came in the 1840’s were craftsmen? Blacksmiths, carpenters, silversmiths, and shoe makers once filled the houses along Gertrude Street.

There’s also a long line of philanthropy efforts in Hawley-Green. The Syracuse Home on the corner of North Townsend Street and Hawley Avenue was built in 1870 for the “Ladies’ Relief of the Poor and Needy Home Association.” Moses DeWitt Burnet donated the site in 1868, and intended for the building to house old or ailing women, children who could not be placed in an orphanage, and young women temporarily out of work. This spirit of charity is continued in the neighborhood today through the work of multiple nonprofits and service providers such as the United Way, NEHDA, Friends of Dorothy, Housing Visions, and Catholic Charities.

To learn more about the history of this vibrant neighborhood, and to get inside some of the historic homes, join us on the Hawley-Green House Tour. Tickets are on sale now both on the NEHDA website and in person at our office at 101 Gertrude Street.

If you have any questions, please contact me at lkwiek@snccsyr.org or 315-425-1032.

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