When most cities construct a new city hall, the old city building is usually torn down with little regard for its history. However, Syracuse plans to stage a "Save the Brick Day" on Saturday, July 9, to salvage bricks from its old city hall for later use in a special clock tower.
Syracuse's new $750,000 city hall will be dedicated on June 21 with an open house and special ceremony. The old city hall, constructed in 1952, will be stripped of all its furnishings and other usable items in a special silent auction sometime around the end of June.Kathy Holt, assistant city recorder, said Syracuse residents will be encouraged to come out on July 9 to help take brick off the old building. She said there's some urgency to tearing down the old city hall because the final paving for the fire station front lot cannot be completed until the old structure is gone.
The clock tower would be constructed from the cleaned brick and surrounded by by landscaping near the new city hall.