Hanover Square, Syracuse

Hanover Square in downtown Syracuse is actually a triangle at the intersection of Warren, Water, and East Genesee Streets. The name may also refer to the larger Hanover Square Historic District which includes seventeen historic buildings in the area that was the first commercial district in Syracuse.[2] In the warm weather months, entertainment is common on the plaza around the fountain. Workers in the surrounding office buildings and retail establishments often lunch there.[3]

Hanover Square Historic District
Hanover Square, Syracuse is located in New York
Hanover Square, Syracuse
Location in New York
Hanover Square, Syracuse is located in the United States
Hanover Square, Syracuse
Location in United States
Location101--203 E. Water, 120--200 E. Genesee, 113 Salina, 109--114 S. Warren Sts., Syracuse, New York
Coordinates43°3′1″N 76°9′3″W / 43.05028°N 76.15083°W / 43.05028; -76.15083Coordinates: 43°3′1″N 76°9′3″W / 43.05028°N 76.15083°W / 43.05028; -76.15083
Architectural styleSecond Empire, Romanesque, Federal
NRHP reference No.76001258 [1]
Added to NRHPJune 22, 1976


When Syracuse was still a village, the village well was located in Hanover Square. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1976, the square is an intact, mainly nineteenth century historic district. The buildings on Water Street were backed by the Erie Canal, and were known as “double-enders.” This facilitated the unloading of goods from barges on the canal. Civil War recruiting booths were set up in the square, and were made into a huge bonfire at the end of the war.[2][3]

Hanover Square Historic District contributing PropertiesEdit

The 17 properties can be visited in order, starting at South Salina Street and Water Street, going east on Water Street, turning south on Warren Street, and returning on the diagonal along East Genesee Street to Water.

Landmark name Image Date Built Style Location Description
1 Gridley Building   1867 Second Empire 101 East Water Street
Also known as the Onondaga County Savings Bank Building; 3½ stories; 100 foot clock tower; built of Onondaga limestone; Horatio Nelson White, architect
2 Gere Bank Building   1894 Louis Sullivan type 121 East Water Street
5 stories; built of granite, brick and terra cotta; Charles Colton, architect
3 Phoenix Buildings (portion)   1834 Federal 123 East Water Street
4 stories; brick
4 Phillips Block   1834 Federal 125-127 East Water Street
4 stories; brick
5 Phoenix Buildings (portion)   1834 Federal 129 East Water Street
4 stories; brick
6 Dana Building   1837, 1861 Federal, Italianate 135 East Water Street
Italianate top floor added in 1861; 4 stories; brick
7 Grange Building   1925 Commercial 203 East Water Street
Originally an auto dealership; 4 stories; brown brick
8 State Tower Building   1927 Art Deco 109 South Warren Street
22 stories; brick and limestone; Thompson and Churchill, architects
9 Granger Block   1869, 1894 Renaissance Revival 200 East Genesee Street
Also known as the SA&K (Sedgwick, Andrews and Kennedy) Building and Ferary Building; first 4 stories built in 1869; upper three stories added in 1894; brick
10 Larned Building   1869 Second Empire 114 South Warren Street
5 stories; brick
11 Post Standard Building   1880 Richardsonian Romanesque 136 East Genesee Street
5 stories; brick
12 Franklin Buildings (portion)   1870 Second Empire 134 East Genesee Street
4½ stories; brick
13 Franklin Buildings (portion)   Federal 132 East Genesee Street
4 stories; stone
14 Franklin Buildings (portion)   1834 Federal 128 East Genesee Street
4 stories; brick
15 Franklin Buildings (portion)   1839 Federal 122-126 East Genesee Street
5 stories; brick
16 Flagship Securities Building   1896 Neo-Classical 120 East Genesee Street
3 stories; marble and brick; Albert L. Brockway, architect; first steel-framed building in downtown Syracuse
17 Onondaga County Savings Bank   1896 Neo-Classical 113 South Salina Street
9½ stories; granite and limestone; R.W. Gibson, architect; Angelo Magnanti designed plaster ceiling; William Teff Schwartz murals of Onondaga County history


In addition to modern businesses, eateries and stores, loft-style apartments have been created on the upper floors of some of Hanover Square's historic buildings.[3]

The 23-floor State Tower Building overlooking the square hosts offices and is a major telecommunications hub for downtown Syracuse.


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. Archived from the original on 2009-05-06. Retrieved 2009-01-14.
  2. ^ a b Connors, Dennis (December 1975). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Hanover Square Historic District". Archived from the original on 2011-12-10. Retrieved 2009-01-13.
  3. ^ a b c "Downtown Syracuse:Hanover Square". Archived from the original on 2008-12-16. Retrieved 2009-01-14.

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