Westcott Community

The Westcott Neighborhood of Syracuse, NY

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Stately Streets

Stop #41

312 Allen St

  • Built: ca. 1900
  • Architect: Archimedes Russell? (style of)
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The large late Victorian house is marked by its symmetrical front (east) facade, marked by four elements: stairs to the porch, central decorated pediment over the porch, projecting polygonal second-story bay window, and tall dormer decorated with classical applied pilasters and pedimental gable filled with fish-scale shingles.  A recent re-siding has covered (or removed?0 some of the original decoration, especially above the cornice above the bay windows.

It is possible that this house was designed form the office of noted local architect Archimedes Russell, which designed houses for James Pennock on 400 block of Allen Street. The classically decorated dormer recalls the former Wyatt House (demolished) on University Place.  Another impressive dormer with applied classical ornament is the grant house at 420 Allen Street. In all these cases the classical elements are pre-fabricated wooden pieces applied to the facade.