214 Colvin St E, Syracuse, NY 13205 $1,000
Save this old house. Thanks to The Greater Syracuse Land Bank for this submission in the Brighton neighborhood of Syracuse, NY. Sadly, it will take too much money to make this house worthwhile, but the story behind it is too good to pass up.
Constructed in 1906 at the cost of $3,500 – it was built by C.R. Brown. In the 1920s, it was home to a dog known as Jack. Jack was born around 1910 (?) and served as a German police dog during World War I.
According to an article in the September 11th, 1921 issue of the Syracuse Herald, Jack was there when the German army withdrew from their position at the Hindenburg line in France in October 1918. The German army left behind a great number of dogs which had been used by them in their offensives.
Dr. Scott R. Fisher, a Syracuse resident, was at Hindenurg working with the Red Cross to care for Americans. When Jack spotted Dr. Fisher, he stuck to him and refused to leave his side – ensuring he found a way to be with Fisher his entire way back to base. Dr. Fisher told the paper that, “such devotion deserves reward,” and decided to take Jack back home with him.
According to the article, “Jack was stowed away in an overcrowded ship which was bringing American soldiers home and where each man was allowed only a certain poundage of baggage. Dr. Fisher shared his own rations with Jack because dog food was not available in the ship’s stores.” When they arrived back in America, the pair settled here on Syracuse’s Southside – a home that is now currently for sale through the Greater Syracuse Land Bank at an asking price of $1,000. Estimated renovation cost is approximately $84,000.
Save this old house. Four bed, two bath Brighton area property. Lots of old architectural detail throughout this spacious home. Good investment opportunity or for owner-occupancy. Estimated renovation cost is approximately $84k, buyer will need to show proof of funds in the amount of $85k. Property needs work and being sold as-is without warranty or representations.
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