Historical Churches Walking Tour (Self Guided), Syracuse

Syracuse is a melting pot of religious traditions and beliefs, which is reflected in the city's religious architecture. Take this tour to visit some of Syracuse's most impressive churches and cathedrals and learn more about the spiritual life of Syracuse residents.
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Guide Name: Historical Churches Walking Tour
Guide Location: USA » Syracuse (See other walking tours in Syracuse)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 Km or 1.2 Miles
Author: AlexanderA
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • St. Paul's Cathedral
  • Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
  • Plymouth Congregational Church
  • Park Central Presbyterian Church
  • Grace Episcopal Church
St. Paul's Cathedral

1) St. Paul's Cathedral

St. Paul's Cathedral was built in the 1850s and was designed by architects Henry Dudley and Frank Wills in the Neo-Gothic style. The cathedral is part of the Episcopal Diocese of Central New York and is located in the heart of the city near the Onondaga Historical Museum, the Civic Center and the Roman Catholic Cathedral. In order to help the homeless and poor, the cathedral opened the Samaritan Center, which has many active programs for these at-risk members of society.

The locally prominent White family was closely associated with St. Paul's since its founding. It was observed that "the name [White] should always be woven into the history of St. Paul’s."

- Horace White (1802-1860; banker and businessman) was a vestryman for over twenty years and warden, and is honored with a stained glass window on the south aisle.
- Clara Dickson White (1811-1882; wife of Horace) donated money for construction of the church tower. The church spire was dedicated in her honor.
- Hamilton White (1807-1865; banker and brother of Horace), was a vestryman for many years and served on the building committee, and is honored by the White Memorial Chancel Window.

The spire and windows were dedicated in 1907 by Horace and Clara's sons Andrew Dickson White (1832-1918; co-founder and first president of Cornell University) and Horace Keep White (1835-1915; banker and head of a salt company).
Sight description based on wikipedia
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

2) Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception is the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse.

The church was initially constructed in 1874 by Lawrence J. O’Connor and named Saint Mary's Church and became the first parish in Syracuse. In 1904, Bishop Patrick Ludden selected Saint Mary's Church to become the new Cathedral. Archimedes Russell was commissioned to expand the new Cathedral designing a new sanctuary and bell tower.

The Cathedral was consecrated in 1910 and for the dedication, Pope Leo XIII gave Bishop Ludden a brick taken from the Holy Door at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

The Cathedral features the Shrine of the Blessed Mother having a statue sculpted by LeMoyne College Professor Jacqueline Belfort-Chalat.

In 2013, in the area of the Sacred Heart Altar, a mosaic was installed depicting Saint Marianne Cope surrounded by her leper patients in Hawaii. Custom made in Italy, it is 10 ft. by 5 ft. Saint Marianne Cope, a Sister of Saint Francis, was raised and ministered much of her adult life in Central New York before going to Hawaii to care for the lepers (Hansen's Disease).

The Cathedral hosts many local musicals and concerts performed by both area schools and professional groups.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Plymouth Congregational Church

3) Plymouth Congregational Church

Plymouth Congregational Church was built between 1858 and 1859, and the dedication service was held in August 1859. Its 3,000-pipe Moller organ was installed in 1930. That same year a new wing, several offices, and educational facilities were added to the church. In 1948 Plymouth Congregational Church merged with Good Will Church. The church was listed on the National Registry of Historic Structures in 1997, enabling it to obtain a grant for necessary repairs. Some of the stained glass windows are currently being restored.
Park Central Presbyterian Church

4) Park Central Presbyterian Church

Park Central Presbyterian Church was founded in 1846. The church was built in 1872 and was designed by Archimedes Russel, a noted Syracuse architect. The church has a Henninger Memorial organ, one of the finest organs in central New York. The organ was installed in 1967. The church offers a variety of educational programs for adults, youth and children.
Grace Episcopal Church

5) Grace Episcopal Church

Grace Episcopal Church is an historic Gothic Revival church. Grace Church was founded in 1871. The current church was constructed in 1876 and designed by Horatio Nelson White.

On March 20, 1973, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Grace Church has a long history of social activism. Grace Church is a national shrine for Saint Oakerhater - the first Native Episcopal saint. In 2004, windows were installed in his honor and in 2005, a celebration with Saint Oakerhater's decedents was held at Grace. In 1957, Grace Church joined with St. Philip's - a historically black Episcopal Church - establishing grace as one of the first fully integrated Episcopal churches in the nation.

Grace Episcopal Church continues to be an active social justice parish in the Episcopal Diocese of Central New York. Its congregation is of the most racially integrated in the nation, and Grace continues to be a welcoming parish to people of all races, ethnicity, theological backgrounds, sexual orientation and gender identity.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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