As part of a tour sponsored by the Onondaga Historical Association, I had the pleasure to visit several structures in the Piercefield neighborhood, near Syracuse, NY. Piercefield is an enclave of homes located in Solvay. The area was first developed by Solvay Process founder Frederick Hazard and was part of his "gentleman's farm" known as Upland Farms. Upland Farms consisted of a massive mansion designed by J. L. Silsbee and numerous outbuildings, stables, and other farm and entertainment structures designed by architects, Merrick & Randall. The remarkable mansion is long gone, demolished after it was sold by the Hazard's in 1939. All of the structures in the area seemed to have been designed with the mansion in mind as they all share an English Tudor and Arts & Crafts aesthetic.
In the early 1900's, Edward Pierce developed a portion of the Upland Farms estate for his own home and gardens. The remainder of the property was subdivided by designs of F. L. Omsted & Sons and additional substantial homes were built for Hazard family members and Solvay Process managers.
|The Pierce Mansion, Henry Wilkinson, architect.|
Pierce's mansion (above) and two of the Pierce Estate outbuildings are pictured below. The mansion was designed by Henry Wilkenson, an architect and former draftsman of Craftsman Homes for Gustav Stickley.
|The Pierce Barn, an out building from the Pierce Estate.|
|The Pierce Carriage House, an out building from the Pierce Estate.|
|The Upland Farms tennis courts and gymnasium.|
|Detail of the gymnasium porch.|