Syracuse, New York: Heaphy's Tin Man

Over seven feet tall, built in the 1960s, moved to its current museum home in 1998. Supposedly inspired touring Black Sabbath rocker Ozzy Osbourne to write "Iron Man."

Onondaga Historical Association

321 Montgomery St., Syracuse, NY
Downtown, inside the Onondaga Historical Association Museum, standing at the entrance to its gift shop. Recommended parking in the garage at Fayette and Montgomery Sts (entrance is on Fayette between State and Montgomery Sts).
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Last of the Heaphy Tin Men

The "Tin Man" (actually constructed of galvanized steel duct pipe) was removed from the front of the late James Heaphy's store at 133 North Geddes Street in Syracuse following Mr. Heaphy's death.

However, it was not stolen or lost. It was donated by his widow to the Onondaga Historical Association Museum at 321 Montgomery Street in Syracuse. At the time of his death, Mr. Heaphy was a member of the OHA Board of Directors.

Today, the "Tin Man" stands guard at the entrance of the museum's gift shop. Anyone interested in this unique item or any other aspect of the history of Syracuse, Onondaga County or the central New York region, should make a point of visiting this museum. It has extensive collections, varied exhibits and an excellent reference library. This library is particularly useful to individuals seeking genealogical information.

[greg daily, 03/26/2007]
Heaphys Heating and Plumbing Men

Alas, I'm sad to report that the last remaining Sheet Metal Man on Geddes St. was taken down when Heaphy's Heating & Roofing went out of business [due to the death of Jim Heaphy].

[Hugh Hawkins, 04/03/1999]
Heaphys Heating and Plumbing Men

On Geddes street, a well known landmark is the Heaphys Heating and Plumbing Men (Metal men much like the tin man in Oz made from heating duct supplies) spaced every so often on the side of the street.

At the end of North Salina Street is the old porter cable factory. Sitting atop (Maybe six or eight stories?) the roof is what appears to be a very lovely house on the roof!

Also, it's been awhile so I don't remember the street, but there is a very tiny house in Syracuse that had dimensions of something like 6 by 6 feet!

[The Vampyre Syndicate, 09/29/1997]

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