History

An Historical Timeline of the Gustav Stickley House

2017

Onondaga Hill Antiques Club Grant

Grant received to aid in the restoration of the Front Door.

Restoration Begins

Phase I Work Scope to Include – Building stabilization, abatement and exterior restoration Roof, Building Structure Repairs, General Carpentry, Stabilization, Hazardous Materials & Abatement, Cornice Restoration, Gutters & Downspouts, Masonry Rebuilding & Repointing, Exterior Siding & Trim Restoration, Limited Electrical, Window Restoration & Porch Reconstruction.

Arts & Crafts Research Fund Grant Received

Beth Crawford, senior associate and restoration project lead from Crawford & Stearns was awarded an Arts & Crafts Research Fund grant. The goal of this limited interior wall finish documentation project is to identify currently unknown finishes and conditions which were covered over by late twentieth century materials (paint, wallpaper, etc.). The..Read More
2016

Gustav Stickley House Foundation Formed

The Gustav Stickley House Foundation is formed to restore the house. The house will become a unique house museum and boutique hotel. Project costs are currently estimated in the $2.5 million range. Architects for the project are Crawford & Stearns – Beth Crawford, senior associate. The firm has received a..Read More

L&JG Donates Home to University Neighborhood Preservation Association

The L. & J.G. Stickley Co. has donated the former Syracuse home of famed furniture maker Gustav Stickley to the University Neighborhood Preservation Association, the first significant step in the restoration of the 116-year-old house. The transfer was completed in late May 2016. The Preservation Association said it hopes to..Read More

Stickley Day Proclamation

2015

Grant Monies Consolidated

A consortium of non-profit and government organizations takes over from the Everson to consolidate grant monies, complete historic research and repair the exterior. Reporter Rich Moriarty reviewed the condition of the interior in a Nov. 22, 2015 Post- Standard article: “There’s much to see. The walls are still adorned with..Read More
2012

A Partnership Forms

The now Stickley-Audi Co. partners with the Everson Museum of Art to explore the possibility of turning the unoccupied property into an historic house museum.
1995

Audi Family Purchases Home

The Audi family purchase the house for their L & JG Stickley Co. for $225,000 as a marketing venue.

Stickley Partners Inc. Purchases Home From Norman Roth

1988

Sideboard Sold

The Columbus Ave. sideboard is sold at Christies for $363,000. L & JG Stickley offer a limited edition of the sideboard in 1991.
1984

House Officially Historic

The house is added to the National Register of Historic Places.
1950

House Sold

The family sells the house and it is subdivided into five apartments.
1919

Stickley’s Daughter Buys House

The house is bought by Stickley’s daughter, Barbara and her husband Ben Wiles. Stickley spends his last years with them and with his other children in Syracuse and Rochester. He dies in Syracuse in April 1942 at 85.
1911

House Sold

The Columbus Ave. house is sold to the Fleishman family with the proviso that the furniture remain in it. The property is valued at $16,000.
1910

Stickley Moves to NJ

Stickley, with wife and six children, moves to Craftsman Farms, Morris Plains, NJ.
1902

Interior Rebuilt

The interior is rebuilt to provide an ideal background for Stickley’s Craftsman furniture. It is believed to be the first interior in America in the Arts & Crafts style. In the December 1902 issue of The Craftsman, Samuel Howe writes: “When I enter I note a rich grandeur in the..Read More
1901

Fire Destroys House

On Christmas Eve, a fire destroys the interior of the house.

First Issue of Craftsman Magazine

In October 1901, Stickley published the first issue of The Craftsman magazine, an important vehicle for promoting Arts and Crafts philosophy as well as the products of his factory within the context of articles, reviews, and advertisements for a range of products of interest to the homemaker. The magazine also..Read More
1900

Gustav House Completed

The Gustav Stickley House is a three-story house completed 1900 in Syracuse, New York for the furniture designer Gustav Stickley. It was originally designed by architect Wellington Tabor. On the outside, it is similar to many other houses on the block and in the neighborhood, which covers a hillside leading..Read More

Furniture Called Arts & Crafts Introduced

Stickley’s first furniture that can now be called Arts & Crafts is introduced at the Grand Rapids Furniture Exposition. Stickley and family move into 416 (now 438) Columbus Ave., a new house designed by Wellington Tabor in the Queen Anne style with Neo-Colonial detailing. Stickley likes to walk to work.
1898

Gustav Stickley Company

In 1898 he orchestrated the removal of his business partner and formed the Gustave* Stickley Company (*he dropped the use of the “e” in 1903). In the summer of 1900 he worked with Henry Wilkinson and, possibly, LaMont A. Warner (soon his first staff designer) to create his first Arts..Read More
1893

Stickley Builds New Factory

Stickley builds new factory on Burnet Ave. in Eastwood, NY for the production of furniture in eclectic market driven styles.
1883

Stickley Brothers & Company

In 1883 his industrious nature led him and his brothers Charles and Albert to form Stickley Brothers & Company, the same year in which he married Eda Ann Simmons. Within five years, the company was dissolved and Stickley’s ambitions led him to partner with Elgin Simonds, a salesman in the..Read More
1858

Young Gustav

On March 9, 1858 Gustav Stickley was born in Osceola, Wisconsin.  He was one of eleven children of German descent.  The eldest surviving son, Stickley experienced the rigors of life upon a small Midwestern farm, forgoing his formal education in 1870 to continue work in his father’s field of stonemasonry..Read More