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Syracuse, New York: House Atop a Factory

It's just a shell of a house, but it appears legit from the street. Makeover transformed Victorian look to a more modern-sided house.

1710 North Salina St., Syracuse, NY
Penfield Mfg. Co.(closed), Salina and Wolf Streets. Visible from I-81 looking north.
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House Atop a Factory.

Victorian House Atop a Factory

The house has been rehabbed. It now has siding, and is gray.

[Seamus, 08/26/2023]

A strange development.

Victorian House Atop A Factory

It looks like they are beginning to tear the factory building down. The house may not be there much longer.

[Dorothy M Galphin, 08/08/2022]

A property developer is gutting the factory for loft apartments, but claims that the building's "exterior architectural details" -- including the house on the roof -- will be left unmolested.

Victorian House Atop a Factory.

Victorian House Atop a Factory

This wasn't something I planned to stop for, but we saw it a few times during our evening in Syracuse. It made us laugh every time, and was visible from the highway.

[Misty Albaugh, 04/27/2022]

House atop a factory.

Victorian House Atop a Factory

There's a billboard blocking one side of the house, and graffiti on another side.

[Ruth Sargent, 05/29/2021]

House on a factory.

Victorian House Atop a Factory

Penfield Mfg. Co. in Syracuse, New York. A local landmark. The little red Victorian house sits on top of the factory. It was a local mystery for years as to why a house was up there. The factory was a staple in the city, making therapeutic mattresses. The company closed its doors in 2005.

[Natalie Monteith, 12/03/2006]

Some details from a recent story in The Post-Standard: The factory was built in 1880 by H.A. Moyer. The 2 and a half story house on the roof, an "architectural gimmick," according to a 1937 newspaper interview with a Moyer family member, was never inhabited -- it contains elevator machinery and rafters.

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