Delavan Studios provides affordable workspace for artists of all disciplines, from painters and sculptors to photographers and designers. With over 100 studios and a range of amenities, the building is a thriving hub for Syracuse’s creative community.

The studios are housed in a historic industrial complex that was home to Syracuse Chilled Plow. Founded in 1876 and eventually spanning three city blocks, the company boasted: “The sun never sets on a Syracuse Plow.” John Deere acquired Syracuse Chilled Plow in 1910 before leaving in 1955.

Bill Delavan, whose father bought the derelict building, started renting studios to artists in the 1970s, attracting luminaries as Jerome Witkin, Arlene Abend, and Carrie Mae Weems. A derecho in 1998 tore off the front of the building, which was replaced with the distinctive slanted front roof along Fayette Street.

Today, the space has been transformed into a dynamic and inspiring environment for artists to create, learn, and grow. With high ceilings, natural light, and exposed brick and wood, the studios offer a unique and inviting atmosphere that fosters creativity and innovation.

In addition to providing workspace for artists, Delavan Studios also hosts a variety of events and exhibitions throughout the year. Art studios are otherwise open by appointment. The building office and gallery (showcasing tenant artwork) in Studio 138 is open during the weekday from 9am to 5pm.