Victorian and Arts & Crafts Eras in Onondaga County

Replacing the two year long Downton Comes Downtown exhibit, From Gilded to Gustav: Victorian and Arts & Crafts Eras in Onondaga County exhibit highlights several of Syracuse’s major contributors to the Arts and Crafts movement, 1900-1920s, as well as feature many fine examples of period clothing, architecture, and furniture of the Victorian Era in Syracuse, 1837-1901.

Items of the Victorian Era feature many fine examples of period clothing, architecture, and furniture. The exhibit also includes several pieces crafted by Gustav Stickley (who founded and published The Craftsman magazine in Syracuse in 1901), his brothers L. and J.G. Stickley, in addition to drawings and stained glass windows produced in Henry Keck’s workshop. Other items will include architectural drawings by Ward Wellington Ward, and pieces from the Onondaga Metal Shops.

In many respects, the Arts and Crafts movement was a rebuke of the ornate styling, designs, and increasing mechanization of production in the Victorian period. The displays will allow for museum patrons to see these contrasting styles up close.