SYRACUSE, N.Y. – If walls could talk, just think of some of the stories the building at 106 Montgomery Street in downtown Syracuse could tell.
Built in the shadow of City Hall, the building, which was designed by Syracuse architect Archimedes Russell, has an amazing history, which continues today.
The address was once home to the Central City Engine 1 fire station.
It was the city’s first modernized fire department, which utilized motorized fire engines rather than horse-drawn equipment.
By 1970, the fire station was again out-of-date.
The building was badly in need of repairs, its floors were warped, and the support timbers were loose. Plus, fire trucks had difficulty managing the sharp turns out onto crowded Montgomery Street and City Council meetings were constantly being interrupted by wailing sirens.
After the fire department moved out in 1970, the building became the Firebarn Tavern. A young Bobcat Goldthwait told jokes there, Joan Jett and The Police performed there.
“Several restaurants followed the tavern, but the structure has essentially been vacant for decades,” the Post-Standard reported in 2004.
It got a new lease on life after it was purchased by Washington Street Partners, which made the top two levels of the three-story building into luxury condominiums.
(The popular soccer bar, Wolff’s Biergarten is on the ground level.)
William Szczech bought the condo on the top floor in 2010.
“I just loved the big one space,” he said.
A history major in college, he also appreciates the story of the building.
Once while doing some renovation work, he found a bunch of old handballs, handball gloves, and cigarette packs hidden inside the wall. The third floor was the firefighters’ recreation room. He hung on to the items for the potential new owners.
Today, it is a two-bedroom, three-bathroom condo with 18-foot-high ceilings and tall windows which offer incredible views of downtown.
Szczech has the entire third floor to himself, a private elevator brings him to his condo, which includes an incredible rooftop deck.
He says it is great for entertaining and says he has hosted parties as many as “30 to 40 guests.”
He has recently made several upgrades.
The kitchen is bigger and now has a 12-foot-long granite island with double sinks, top-of-the line appliances, and new custom cabinetry.
A ladder in the kitchen is used to reach the higher-up cupboards as all available space in the condo is utilized.
The owner’s spacious bedroom has a closet and access to a private bathroom via a sliding barn door.
A second bedroom can be used as a home office or nursery. It is attached to the owner’s bedroom via the owner’s bathroom, a change made by Szczech following the birth of his daughter.
Walkout French doors takes one to the rooftop deck which has a hot tub which can be used year-round and a seasonal bathroom. A ladder takes you up to a loft which could be used as a yoga or meditation studio or children’s hangout space.
This lost space was once the fire department’s “Hose Tower,” where they would hang their 50-foot-long linen hoses to dry after use so they would not rot.
Szczech appreciates the two free parking spots he has, and the extra storage provided in the basement.
“Downtown condos are a great deal,” he said.
He says they are great for young professionals or empty nesters who want to try downtown living.
His situation, though, has changed and he wants to try something new.
Szczech is moving to Spafford, wanting to give his young daughter “more room to play and ride her bicycle.”
For more information about this property, please contact Realtor Catherine King of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services CNY Realty. Her info is below.
Address: 106 Montgomery Street, Apartment 3, Syracuse, N.Y. 13202
Size: 2,247 square feet
Acreage: 0.11 acres
Monthly Mortgage: $1,697 (based on the national average rate of 3.05%, according to Freddie Mac on October 14, for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage with a 20% down payment. Fees and points not included.)
HOA fees: $323/month
School District: Syracuse
Kitchen: The kitchen of this condominium was recently expanded, and many features were upgraded. The kitchen has many top-of-the-line appliances, a new 12-foot-long granite island with a waterfall edge and double sinks. Custom cabinetry takes advantage of the high ceilings of the condo and a ladder is needed to access the taller ones. The kitchen has a coffee and bar area and a hidden washer and dryer.
Living areas: With 18-foot-high ceilings and tall windows, this condo is perfect for professionals looking to live in downtown Syracuse in one of the city’s most historic buildings. Thick stone floors keep the noise from the condos and Wolff’s Biergarten below out. The large and open space is what owner William Szczech loved about the space first. He has had parties with more than 30 people there. A living area with a wood fireplace is where he relaxes and watches TV. A dining area is just off the kitchen and close to the French doors which lead out onto the private rooftop deck. There are built-in Paradigm speakers. The condo has abundant storage and additional space in the basement.
Bedrooms: There are two bedrooms in the condo. Szczech says the large owner’s bedroom can accommodate a king-sized bed, two night tables, and a dresser. It has a closet and access to a private bathroom via a sliding barn door. The second bedroom has a hidden ironing board and a loft space. It was used as a nursery following the birth of the Szczech’s daughter and has access from the owner’s bedroom via the owner’s bathroom. It could be used as a home office.
Bathrooms: The owner’s bathroom features a double vanity and large shower with frameless glass and a rain shower head. There is another bathroom inside the condo and one on the rooftop deck.
Outdoors: Located in the heart of downtown, this condo has a private 1,000-square foot rooftop deck which has sweeping views of Syracuse. There is a hot tub and a private seasonal bathroom with whirlpool tub. There are exterior Klipsch speakers. Climb a ladder near the bathroom and you will be taken to a loft space which could be used as a yoga or meditation room or child’s hangout. Owner loves the “really nice” two parking spots he gets, one just five feet from his door.
Agent: Catherine King
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services CNY Realty
Address: 5099 West Genesee Street, Camillus, N.Y. 13031
Phone: (315) 415-6265
Email: [email protected]
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