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South Presbyterian Church, Syracuse, NY

June 7, 2017

The congregation of South Presbyterian Church in Syracuse has, like many mainline denominations, shrunk to the point of closure, leaving this fine Romanesque Revival building as a huge preservation issue. Vacant and deteriorating, the local landmarks commission permitted its Tiffany windows to be purchased by an out-of-state collector, weakening any further arguments that the building be spared.

A 1901 chapel (on the left in this image) was joined with a larger 1906 sanctuary. The National Register nomination shows an A-1 variant plan type without actually invoking the word “Akron.” The architect was Sanford O. Lacey.

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