Thursday, August 15, 2013
Flag Display at the Barnes Hiscock Mansion, Syracuse, NY | @Syracuse1848
Update! What we THOUGHT was the Northside Hispanic Ministry was in fact the Barnes Hiscock mansion (formerly the Syracuse Corinthian Club). In 2009 this mansion was acquired by the George & Rebecca Barnes Foundation. We did not see that the sign in front of the building was reffereing to the building on Green Street just down the lot (which has since been removed). Since we were out there last winter, it appears changes have been made to further restore this mansion and take care of its property. Thank you Karen for your information.
The flagpole, was a gift from Senator John A. DeFrancisco. The senator was first elected into office back in 1992. His community awareness, commitment to fiscal responsibility and campaigns to reduce crime, welfare as well as encourage government transparency. We have updated the post to reflect the changes.
This is a testament, flagpoles don't have to be new, to be up to date. The building looks more like a plantation home on James street in Syracuse, New York. An while the years have been many on this building, the upkeep and appreciation for the space is clear, just from looking at the pillars on the front entrance.
Steel flagpoles are very old. They date back many years. Rust and wear can be seen in many of the foundations. This has led to some problems in the past with flagpoles failing, falling over from neglect. In the heart of Syracuse, a building like this would typically be in transition to be upgraded or boarded up. Down to the steel flagpole out front.
The foundation was in remarkably good shape. The counter balance Counter Balance Foundation system (coder-pin system for tilting the flagpole down) was still in tact. Typical steel counter-balance poles are rusted closed. This is not to say the pole did not have wounds from maintenance. But what was more surprising was the new halyard (rope) Polypropolene Cut to length, the new cleat 9" Cleat, the new truck and ball top.
It was as if this place had answered the FlagRunner's prayers and faced their flag flying with a pious swift hand of justice. What remains is an untapped beautiful mansion. FlagRunners most likely owe a thank you to George & Rebecca Barnes Foundation as well as Senator John A. DeFrancisco for giving their people a flag to follow.