Oswego County Historical Society to Host Lecture on The Architects of Oswego Architecture on Sunday, October 22

OSWEGO — The Oswego County Historical Society will host the final lecture of the 2017 series on Sunday, October 22 at 1:30 p.m. at the historic Oswego Public Library, located at 120 E. Second St.. The event is free and open to the public.

A PowerPoint presentation entitled “The Architects of Oswego Architecture” will be given by Justin White, county historian and board trustee of the historical society.

“Oswego has many amazing historic public, religious and residential places throughout the city. Yet, there is a story behind the person who dutifully designed these landmarks and left a lasting legacy,” said White. “While we have lost some of the finest examples of architect work, there are many that still survive and the public will have a chance to learn about them.”

The Oswego County Historical Society will host the final lecture of the 2017 lecture series on Sunday, October 22 at 1:30 p.m. at the Oswego Public Library at 120 E. Second St. in Oswego. A PowerPoint presentation will be given on the “Architects of Oswego Architecture.” Pictured is a vintage photography of the Oswego City Hall, built in 1870. The event is free and open to the public For more information visit the website at www.rbhousemuseum.org or contact the museum during regular hours at 315-343-1342.

The program will highlight the architects behind the architecture and examples of their work. This will include several Oswego architects and others that came from major architect firms from around New York State that were commissioned for the local projects.

Among the public buildings are civic structures, churches, schools, banks, theaters and commercial buildings. The many private residences built during the 19th and 20th centuries feature a wide variety of architectural styles, including Greek Revival, Italianate, Gothic, Second Empire and Colonial Revival.

One of the prominent architects in Central New York during the mid-19th century was Horatio Nelson White. Based in Syracuse, White was a familiar architect in Oswego, having designed several of his signature Second Empire style. This includes the Oswego City Hall, which was completed in 1870. The massive Onondaga limestone structure was a centerpiece to the community with its three-stories, mansard roof and clock tower that graces the city skyline. Due to its historical and architectural significance, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.

“The Oswego City Hall stands today as a representation of a period of grandeur of civic buildings that were meant to be built with a sense of pride,” added White. “This was among the many other buildings that made Oswego unique in a period of tremendous progress.” Horatio Nelson White also designed other buildings and homes in Oswego. One of his most notable structures is the Hall of Languages at Syracuse University.

The Ladies Home in Oswego was formed in February of 1872 by a group of prominent citizens to address the growing need for care of elderly women. It was initially organized as the Home for the Homeless and many years later renamed the Old Ladies Home. It is now known as the Ladies Home of Oswego. The building was designed by Andrew Jackson Warner of Rochester, New York The Ladies Home building was completed in 1877. Due to its rare architectural style it is also listed on the National of Historic Places and is part of the Washington Square Historic District. Warner was a prominent and prolific architect who also designed the Richardson-Bates House, the headquarters of the historical society.

The Oswego County Historical Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the rich history of the county. The society maintains and operates the Richardson-Bates House Museum, a historic landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The museum is open to the public on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 1-5 p.m., and other days by appointment. For more information visit the website www.rbhousemuseum.org or contact the museum during regular hours at 315-343-1342.