Westcott Community

The Westcott Neighborhood of Syracuse, NY

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

Walking Tours

The Old Neighborhood Part I

Stop #51

542 Columbus Ave

  • Built: Before 1892
  • Architect: Unknown
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Similar to #543 across the street, but remodeled so that most original features are gone. Still, the decorative shingles in the gable and the scroll cut brackets remain. A new double-story side porch is a replacement. Originally, instead of begin made of plain untreated lumber the porch would have been a lively display of the turner’s art – with spindles and rails of many shapes, painted in multiple colors.

This is a good example of how the “vinylizing” of older buildings may provide short-term cost benefits over painting and maintenance but greatly diminishes the visual stimulation that should be part of an urban neighborhood.