Historic Armory Square is downtown's premier restaurant and specialty retail district. Visitors can find clothing and accessories, jewelry, original art, a chocolate factory, bakeries, a brewery and other specialty retail. Located in a 19th century warehouse district, Armory Square is one of New York State's brightest examples of urban renaissance.
Go to the Armory Square Association Website for more information: www.armorysq.org.
History - At the turn of the century, the area was densely built up and bustling with activity. There were more than twenty hotels in the neighborhood, servicing the railroads. The Jefferson Street Armory, built around this time, is actually three buildings and was once used to quarter the cavalry and the infantry. As the railroads declined in the 1930s, the majority of industries and hotels relocated or ceased operation. Between 1940 and 1960, many buildings were vacated or demolished.
Architecture - Armory Square retains a significant and well-preserved concentration of historic buildings exhibiting a variety of architectural styles. The architectural and historic significance of the area is now recognized. In 1984, an application filed by the Downtown Committee of Syracuse, resulted in the area's designation as a National Historic District, and facilitated a new spurt of development and renovation.