Believe it or not, traveling the world gives you a new appreciation for your home town! Although you have contracted the travel bug, and can’t stop planning your next getaway, you have learned to see things through new eyes. You learn to find adventure in all of the little things. When you go to foreign places, it is the everyday life and culture that really fascinates you. Once you have e trained your eyes and senses to picking these cultural things up, you know what to look for. You learn to drive down streets you have never bothered driving before because you don’t know where it leads. There are so many interesting pockets of culture in your own backyard. All it takes is a little intentionality to leave the everyday path we have taken for years.
Today I am going to highlight my hometown Syracuse, NY. I have grown up here most of my life, but after years of seeing the same things, you lose your wonder for them. After returning from 2.5 years of traveling the world, I have regained that sense of wonder and have found it in my own hometown! Today I want to spotlight 5 incredible buildings in Syracuse!
- Niagara Mohawk Building
The Niagara Mohawk building looks like it came straight out of a 50’s Superman comic book. Its unique, art deco architecture operates the majority of New York State’s power. At night, the buildings lights will glow many different colors depending on the season. The building was built in 1932 and so much of the architecture was designed to symbolize the power and dominance of electricity in its beginning stages. Definitely a special and unique building worth checking out in downtown Syracuse.
2. Syracuse Hall of Languages
Syracuse is home of the Orangemen and sees an influx of almost 40,000 college students every semester. The whole town rallies behind the Syracuse sports teams and meanwhile the university brings a lot of youth and energy to the city. A walk around campus will show you some of Syracuse’s oldest and finest architecture. The old buildings are crawling with ivy and decorated with very ornate sculptures and stately buildings. One of the most famous is the iconic Hall of Languages.
3. St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church
Tipperary Hill is known primarily for its strong Irish influence. However, just below the Irish community resides a small community of Ukrainians. Amongst this Ukrainian community sits St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church. Having just arrived back from Kiev, Ukraine a few years ago, I was so excited to see architecture that so closely resembled what I had seen traveling one of my favorite countries. It never ceases to amaze me all of the cultures represented in my own hometown! Now whenever I have the opportunity, I try to drive by this beautiful church.
4. Franciscan Church of the Assumption
Every day for years, these two beautiful church steeples have dominated the skyline driving down 81, and begged me to pull over to take a photo. The steeples belong to the Franciscan Church right in Little Italy of Syracuse. The ornate church was built in 1872 and has continued to minister to the residents and refugees of the Northside community for many years.
5. Gridley Building
Ever been to a festival in downtown Syracuse and you have been to Clinton Square. Its where the christmas tree goes, where you go ice skating, and where you go to Taste of Syracuse. Overlooking this famous square which once used to be a part of the Eerie Canal is the Gridley Building and its iconic clock tower. It sits right above Hanover square which is a great place to catch a dinner or go shopping in the downtown of Syracuse.
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