Living in a contemporary, curtain wall high rise has its advantages: lots of sunlight, chic design and maybe it’s built to be completely sustainable. But have you ever considered that living in a renovated historic building could be more environmentally friendly, stylish and satisfying?
The Courier Building in downtown Syracuse at 110 Montgomery St. is a prime example of preservation done perfectly. Built in 1844, this pre-Civil War, four-story building is about to officially become a home – for the first time ever – to a number of residents who want the comfort of living in our ever-changing downtown. Its history runs deep through its halls as a newspaper manufacturing house, public gathering place and site of Daniel Webster’s infamous speech giving support of the Fugitive Slave Law. But it’s new services as an apartment complex, restaurant and retail space give contemporary city dwellers more reason to enjoy its historic design.
Jim Prioletti, building owner and financial advisor of Ameriprise Financial Services who is a tenant of the mixed use building, expects all nine apartments to be occupied by May. (Some have already moved in.) Apartment sizes range from 850 to 1,350 square feet. Each apartment has been renovated by Crawford & Stearns into a sleek, modern design with up to 12-foot ceilings, luxurious open spaces and big, boxy, Chicago-style windows that offer panoramic views. But the historic character of the formerly neglected building has not been comprised. All apartments on the fourth floor have retained their original wood flooring while floors two and three now have durable bamboo flooring after being severely damaged over time.
The renovation also includes the redesign of the ground-floor restaurant space into a 2,000 sq. ft American French bistro called Lolo’s. The small but elegant, traditional-style dining area will seat up to 35 people and offer an upscale dining experience in downtown Syracuse. The space includes the original bar materials from the previous restaurant, L’Adour Restaurant Francais, with its copper ceiling, mahogany panels and part of its 70-foot brass rail. LoLo’s is expected to open early to mid-March.
Prioletti dreams that part of the first floor space will be turned into a bakery and café, serving bread, pastries and coffee from LoLo’s during the day. An additional outdoor seating area is expected to enliven sidewalk night life right outside of the Courier Building where LoLo’s guests can enjoy the community of diners and passersby when the V-shaped park just outside the restaurant isn’t covered in snow.
Serving as Syracuse’s own resident Flatiron building, this burnt-red Greek Revival renovated structure already makes a bold appearance sitting on the corner of Montgomery and Genessee. But it’s inside the building – in the big and bright living spaces and the soft sophistication of LoLo’s – where real history is finally continuing to be made. After sitting unused for far too long and having already made the National Register of Historic Places, this newly renovated structure now has all the makings of future success as it welcomes people into its latest form and function.