Syracuse, N.Y. — The restoration of famed furniture maker Gustav Stickley’s home in Syracuse has received a big boost — a $500,000 federal grant.
The Save America’s Treasures Program, under the National Park Service’s Historic Preservation Fund, approved the grant for the project.
Stickley bought the home at 438 Columbus Ave. in 1900 and renovated it following a Christmas Eve fire in 1901, turning its first and second floors into the first comprehensive Craftsman-style residential interior in the United States. Stickley, whose furniture is still sought after by collectors, died in the house in 1942 at the age of 84.
Plans include turning the home into a museum that will be operated by the Onondaga Historical Association. The museum will feature nine pieces of original Stickley furniture and seven reproductions.
The house will also be operated as a boutique hotel with five two-room guest suites.
The Gustav Stickley House Foundation launched a campaign in March to raise $2.2 million for the interior restoration.
Gustav Stickley III visits his famous grandfather’s Syracuse home
The $500,000 federal grant is a matching grant, meaning the foundation must raise $500,000 in other funding to get the full amount of the grant. For every $1 in other funding it raises, it receives $1 from the grant.
The fundraising campaign was put on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic, but foundation members said they plan to restart it soon.
David Rudd, owner of Dalton’s American Decorative Arts in Syracuse and president of the foundation, said the foundation has received $200,000 in pledged donations for naming rights to parts of the house. That money will count toward the $500,000 in matching funds the foundation needs to obtain the federal dollars, he said.
Restoration of the home’s exterior to its 1902 appearance was completed in June 2018.
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