Geared Up; Grinding Gears

The Gear Factory shines light on emerging arts culture in Syracuse area

Video by Johnny Rosa and Megan Callahan

65,000-square-feet dedicated solely to the creative process: an artist’s dream, an architect’s playground, and Rick Destito’s Gear Factory. After 11 years and countless renovations, The Gear Factory’s future is finally within arms reach. The century-old auto factory is transitioning from a neighborhood eyesore to a beacon of hope for emerging artists in the Syracuse area. “It’s not if you build it they will come, it’s that the people are already here and just need the space,” Destito says. “So I’m building it.