Restoration project to ensure Oswego City Hall stays standing for another 150 years

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OSWEGO, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — A $2.6 million restoration of Oswego’s City Hall got underway on Monday.

The project will replace the roof, restabilize the clock bell tower, and sure up some masonry on the Oneida Street side of the structure.

“Oswego City Hall is a gorgeous, historic building that we can not allow to fall in disrepair,” said Mayor Billy Barlow.

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The building designed by renowned Syracuse architect Horatio Nelson White was built back in 1870. White also designed Syracuse University’s Hall of Languages. The two share many design similarities.

“Now when it rains water leaks into the common council chambers, the walls are beginning to separate. It could become serious if we were to let it go,” Barlow said.

In 2016, Mayor Barlow and the Oswego Common Council developed a five-year capital improvement plan that included $2.5 million for City Hall repairs through a bond.

The project also received a $500,000 New York State Environmental Protection Fund Grant in 2018.

“Municipalities all over the nation spend millions of dollars to replicate this sort of architecture and we are fortunate to have a historic City Hall building that adds character and value to our core downtown area.”

“This project was a top priority for the prior administration so I’m proud we were able to secure this funding and get this project moving,” Barlow said.

Construction is planned to last until November of this year.

Oswego City Hall is not expected to close during construction however the main entrance will be restricted to the public. People looking to enter the building are asked to use one of the two lower elevator entrances.

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