Buildings Scheduled for Demo for Downtown Hospital

witzebergerWitzeberger   Building, Columbia Street Utica

Jones/ Haberer, Columbia Street Utica - Note the corbelled brick at the cornice & the extensive detailing above the window.jones haberer


The Twelve Most Dynamic Preservation Opportunities 2016

 By Robert Heins, AIA

The Landmarks Society’s Endangered Buildings List has been renamed by Chairman (and Scenic & Historic Commission Chairman) Robert Heins to “The Twelve Most Dynamic Preservation Opportunities List,” which puts a unique, pertinent and positive spin on the “old” list. 

 1.             #1 RUTGER PARK building

Munn House – Italian villa ca. 1854 designed by architect A.J. Davis – restoration by the landmark society of greater Utica underway, public support is essential for continuing the restoration. 

2.             #3 RUTGER PARK building

Miller-(Roscoe) Conkling-Kernan House – Greek Revival ca. 1830 designed by Philip Hooker and one of the most significant structures in Oneida county – specifically designated by the national park service as a National Historic Landmark. 

3.             the NEW CENTURY CLUB building, 253 Genesee Street. – Greek Revival, designed by Utica architect Frederick H. Gouge, designated September 12, 1985 on the National Register of Historic Places – home of the New Century Club, an 1893 women’s civic, educational, recreational facility for the youth and youth, justice system. 

4.             KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS building, 307 Genesee Street, built as a residence by Charles Yates in 1867 and dedicated November 11, 1913 for Knights of Columbus Council 189.

5.             MECHANICS HALL building, corner of Liberty and Hotel Streets,

CA. 1836 – northwest corner of Liberty and Hotel Streets – designed by J. McGregor – the center of most of Utica’s cultural, scientific and educational events during the 19th century – site of the August 28, 1863 draft for the Civil War

6.             IVY COTTAGE building, 1643 Genesee Street (n/w Corner Genesee + Parkway); Tudor design – An application is pending at Utica’s Scenic & Historic Preservation Commission for demolition.   

7.             CATHEDRAL CHURCH OF THE THEOTOKOS OF GREAT GRACE, ca. 1870 – 72, corner of South Street, and Howard Avenue, (the former Calvary Episcopal Church), designed by English born architect Thomas Birth .


8.             “OLD MAIN” – THE UTICA STATE HOSPITAL building, ca.. 1842 – Greek Revival design – the stone columns are 48 feet high with a 8 foot wide diameter at the base -the facility was the principal building on the former Utica Lunatic Asylum, the first NY State-operated institution to care for the mentally ill. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971 and elevated to the status of a National Historic Landmark in 1989. 

9.             1513 GENESEE STREET at the southwest corner of Jewett, a great Romanesque in style residence, including a great conical tower, ideal for professional offices and apartments. 

10.          the DOYLE HARDWARE building, ca. 1881 AND 1901 – 330 Main Street – Designed by Utica architect Frederick H. Gouge, listed in 1993 on the National Register of Historic Places, now in foreclosure. 

11.          the BAGG’S SQUARE MEMORIAL Park building, built in 1933 by the Proctor family after the century old Bagg’s Hotel was demolished – the very unique memorial is beautifully detailed at the interior and exterior

12.          the UPTOWN THEATER – 2014 Genesee Street, built in 1927, designed by local architects Albert H. Jennison and Herbert D. Rushmer for The Kallet Corp.  The theater originally contained 1,500 seats. 

 While these are by no means the only dynamic preservation opportunities that exist in the Greater Utica Area, they are certainly representative of some of the many challenges with potential that we have here that are “ripe for redevelopment.” 

What is the Scenic & Historic Preservation District?

 The District encompasses some 1,500 properties and parcels of land along the path of much of the City’s earliest and most noteworthy development. 

 Generally, it includes Genesee Street north from the New Hartford town line to Water Street at the railroad tracks; an eastern extension off Genesee including areas around South and Rutger Streets, Park Avenue and Steuben Park; Pleasant Street and the parkway east to Tilden Avenue; Herkimer Road in North Utica from Leland Avenue to the Schuyler town line; and in West Utica, an area known as “the Brewery District,” bordered approximately by Varick, Schuyler and Columbia Streets.

Why a District?

 Identifying areas of special historical significance, which include prime examples of architectural styles that characterized the 19th and early 20th centuries, creates awareness and brings focus to those properties most deserving of historic preservation.  It allows common building and renovations standards to be applied, promoting pride in the District, protecting property values and stimulating economic vitality in the neighborhoods. 

 From the City of Utica’s Guide to the Scenic & Historic District

Definition Key of Classifications


Recent catastrophic damage has occurred requiring immediate intervention


Has suffered or is in imminent danger of a severe loss of material integrity


Faces impending actions or circumstances that likely will cause a loss of material integrity


No known current or potential threat


Building is occupied, protected and out of immediate danger or threat.