Kasson Place Apartments re-open after renovations, former home of F. Scott Fitzgerald
A Syracuse apartment building that was once home to one of the most famous authors of the 20th century is re-open after millions of dollars in renovations.
The Kasson Place Apartments now feature a new twist on the character that landed the 622 James Street address in the National Register of Historic Places, preserving some of the elements "The Great Gatsby" author F. Scott Fitzgerald may have walked through as a child.
The building was established in 1898. Three years later, F. Scott Fitzgerald's family moved from Buffalo into Apartment 201 in Kasson Place.
The man who would go onto write countless novels, and a collection of short stories was just five years old at the time.
The Fitzgeralds lived there just a short time before moving to East Willow Street. F. Scott Fitzgerald would call Syracuse home for two years, before his family returned to Buffalo in 1903.
The Post Standard reports now, 110 years later, the seven-story building's arched entrance still has its original ornamental ceiling, tiled floor and marble walls.
Many of the original doors, doorknobs, hardwood floors, woodwork and windows were also preserved.
Kassan Place Apartments now has 30 apartments, 28 two-bedroom apartments, and two one-bedroom apartments, complete with new appliances, kitchens and bathrooms.
Several are still available for prospective tenants.
Rochester-based Conifer Realty LLC did the renovations. It bought the property from the city of Syracuse in 2011, for just $1.
Right now, it's working on another historic apartment building, The Leavenworth, across the street.
The total cost of renovations in both buildings is about $9 million.
(Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.)