Greenberg House Special Collections Research Center

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four floor Beaux Arts architecture corner townhouse

Greenberg House, photo taken by Karen Ruckman

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Constructed: 1912

Architect: E. Dwight Ryerson of Marsh & Peter

Materials: Brown brick and masonry

Style: Beaux Arts Classical

Space: 7,700 square feet

Location: 2301 Calvert Street N.W., Washington, D.C.

Purchased by SU: 1988

Funding: Campaign for Syracuse, including $1 million donation by Paul Greenberg

Cost of Purchase and Renovation: $2.5 million

Renovation Architect: Darrel D. Rippeteau Jr., S.U. '73

Renovation Contractors: Whalen and Purdy, Inc.

Dedicated: March 27, 1990

Dedication Speaker: U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan

Named For: Paul Greenberg, Class of 1965, SU trustee

Notes: Originally the home of Turner A. and Elizabeth Wickersham, the building later served as restaurant, night club, nursing home and art gallery. The four-story interior is in the "piano nobile" style in which the first floor serves as the reception area and the second floor as the main activity area. The third and fourth floors contain office and meeting spaces. The building's two-story entrance portico was fully rebuilt during renovations. Curved etched glass in the front windows, created by artist Jay Carter, replaced deteriorated leaded glass. Hardwood floors were restored or replaced and the grand staircase was rebuilt.