The Mansion on James is one of less than 100 locations in Onondaga County, listed on The National Register of Historic Places.  We are the home of the George & Rebecca Barnes Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving The Mansion on James and its rich history.

The Mansion is more than a historic building. It tells the story of a way of life from days gone by. It’s a beautiful piece of Syracuse history – the only remaining James Street mansion that is open to the public – and filled with intricate architectural detail.

Interact with The Mansion – take a historical tour, come to one of our fundraising events to preserve the building and grounds, volunteer as a groundskeeper or docent, or rent it for elegant weddings, dinners, or business meetings.

All proceeds go to the George & Rebecca Barnes Foundation to preserve this important piece of Syracuse history.

Who We Are

The Last of The Great James St. Mansions

The historic Mansion on James is the last of the great James Street mansions that is now open to the public – for historical tours and events.

It is the home of the George & Rebecca Barnes Foundation, which was established as a non-profit historical organization to preserve and maintain The Mansion as a community treasure.  Its focus is to educate the public about the history of The Mansion and its owners and its place in Central New York history.

The Barnes Foundation runs The Mansion today, sustained by donors and grants. Should you rent The Mansion, your event fee will include a membership to the Foundation.

The historic mansion was built by George and Rebecca Barnes in 1853 and their home became a center of civic-minded activity in our community, which continued throughout the years.

The home housed The Corinthian Foundation and Corinthian Club, a wildly popular private women’s social club from 1964 to 2008 and was also the original home of LeMoyne College classes, beginning in 1946.

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