Gustav Stickley House Foundation to Host Fall Seminar

On September 23 The Gustav Stickley House Foundation will host a one-day seminar and fundraiser focusing on the impact of Gustav Stickely and the importance of preserving his home and legacy in Syracuse, NY. The seminar entitled Gustav Stickley: Reflections on a Legacy; Preservation for the Future is co-sponsored by the Arts & Crafts Society of Central New York and will take place at the Onondaga Historical Association.


The Gustav Stickley House Foundation (GSHF) was formed in 2016 to help plan for and aid in the restoration, preservation and interpretation of Stickley’s former home at 438 Columbus Avenue in Syracuse, NY. The Queen Anne home was purchased by Stickley in 1900. Following a fire on Christmas Eve 1901, Stickley redesigned the interior of the home with the first-ever Craftsman design.

The interior is an icon in American architecture and illustrates the shift in aesthetic from the 19th century Victorian style to a more modern sensibility. Stickley lived in the home on and off until his death in 1942. Later it was sold and converted into apartments. While many changes to the structure have occurred over the years, the house contains the relatively intact original Arts & Crafts interior from 1902.

The restoration project involves several local Syracuse organizations and will take place in two phases. Phase one building stabilization and exterior restoration is currently underway. The home will ultimately become the property of the Onondaga Historical Association who plan to operate a combination museum and boutique inn. The GSHF serves primarily as a fundraising body to support the restoration project. The September seminar will serve to share the story of the preservation efforts and place the home in the broader context of the Arts and Crafts Movement.

The conference will feature Gustav Stickley expert and author David Cathers and Vonda Givens, Executive Director of The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms. Other aspects include a screening of the Herb Stratford’s documentary, Gustav Stickley: American Craftsman and an update on the restoration project by architectural firm Crawford & Stearns, Architects and Preservation Planners. Attendees will also have the opportunity to view the original Columbus Avenue Inglenook settle, currently on loan to the Onondaga Historical Association from Craftsman Farms.

Conference details
Date: Saturday, September 23, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: Onondaga Historical Association
321 Montgomery ST, Syracuse, NY 13202
Materials and Box lunch included

All proceeds will benefit the Gustav Stickley House Foundation. Registration information will be available on the foundation website in July at