The Eureka Crafts building was originally constructed in 1850 as a horse stable.  It is one of the oldest structures in the Armory Square District. In the 1950s, the company that owned the brick building advertised its product by covering the exterior with aluminum sheeting.  The building now houses a craft store and studio space.  The present occupants include artists and craftspeople that were among the first to move to Armory Square at the time of its rebirth in the mid 1970s.


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In 1850 this was originally the F. Fred Gardner Stables.  It later became J. W. Cronin City Carriage and Transfer Depot Stables.  On the 1908 atlas, it is listed as Roscoe Fruit Company.  It later became a Market Farm and eventually Syracuse Scenery and Stage.  It is a brick structure which has been covered with aluminum siding.  Today is it the home for Eureka Studios and Eureka Crafts at 210 Walton Street.

 

Eureka Studios is a group of craft and art studios that have been a part of Syracuse, New York's Armory Square since 1976.  Lenore Goldstein and Ginger Dunlap-Dietz had shared studio space for three years in Eureka’s old home in the Bentley-Settle warehouse down the street.  A fire in January of 1983 forced them and other artists who had been working in the building to seek a new space.  They were able to rent this building and Goldstein, Dunlap-Dietz and Tina Brodey decided to share this studio.  Eventually it has taken on many other crafters.  Eureka Crafts, locally owned since 1983, has supplied their studios with a storefront to sell their diverse collection of contemporary jewelry, ceramics, glass, wood, metal and fiber made exclusively by American artists year-round.

The cooperative-studio gallery space has many advantages, not the least of which is the economic one.  “Sharing expenses and the obligations of running a gallery were important, but we were also motivated by a desire to share each other’s energy” said Ginger Dunlap-Dietz.