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MISSION PARTIALLY ACCOMPLISHED

Exterior restoration of Craftsman furniture maker Gustav Stickley’s home is finished

Rick Moriarty rmoriarty@syracuse.com

The exterior of famed Craftsman furniture maker Gustav Stickley’s home in Syracuse has been restored to its 1902 appearance.

Preservation, local and state officials gathered last week at the house at 438 Columbus Ave. to mark the occasion, a milestone in a years-long effort to restore the 118-year-old home.

Fundraising is underway for the second phase of the project, the restoration of its interior.

Stickley bought the home in June 1900 and rebuilt its interior in 1902 following a fire.

It is widely regarded as the first comprehensive Craftsman-style residential interior in the nation. Much of Stickley’s interior design remains intact on the first and second floors.

Stickley, who died in the house in 1942, is famous for his Craftsman, or mission, style furniture. He was also a major promoter of the Arts & Crafts movement in the U.S. in the early 1900s.

He owned the house from 1900 to 1911 and lived there again from 1919 until his death. The home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The exterior work consisted of extensive repairs to the siding and trim; window restoration; structural stabilization; a new roof; asbestos abatement; and painting the house with

SEE STICKLEY, A12

The exterior of famed furniture maker Gustav Stickley’s home at 438 Columbus Ave. in Syracuse has been restored to its 1902 appearance. At left is the exterior as it appeared in January 2017 and a rendering of the restored exterior. Below is the completed restoration.

Photos by Rick Moriarty, rmoriarty@sy racuse.com

Gustav Stickley

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