Westcott Community

The Westcott Neighborhood of Syracuse, NY

A vibrant eastside neighborhood rich in history, culture, food and entertainment

Walking Tours

West of Westcott

Stop #30

701 Sumner Ave / Ralph and Lucy Murphy Family House

  • Built: 1920s
  • Architect: Unknown
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The house is a stately brick Colonial Revival structure that stands out with its deep red color and austere boxy form.

Murphy was born in Sherman, NY, and graduated from the University of Michigan in 1909 with a degree in mechanical engineering. He came to work for the H. H. Franklin Mfg. Co. where he was named chief engineer in 1914. He was promoted to assistant to the vice-president (1921) and later vice-president of the (now named) Franklin Automobile Company, one of Syracuse’s largest industrial employers. Murphy died in 1972. The house remained in the family, occupied by his widow and grown son Ralph M. Murphy, who died in 1979.