tower facts / History


Standing 125 feet high on a 24 foot square base, the Utica Tower, symbolizes the goodwill, generosity and community pride found in the City of Utica. Since its dedication in May, 2013, it has quickly also become a “traveler’s landmark” for the hundreds of thousands of motorists who annually drive through and around the greater Utica area.

The open-steel structure highlights Utica from many vantage points for travelers as they approach our area; proudly spelling out U-T-I-C-A with 7-foot bright red lights and being clearly visible from the New York State Thruway, Routes 8 and 12, and major state routes, including Routes 49, 69, 5 and 5-S.

The LED Lighting on the tower profile and windows are able to change color for any occasion. See Tower location map.

The Utica Tower was conceived and fully funded by Utica native Frank Giotto, President of Giotto Enterprises, consisting of ten companies, the first and largest being Fiber Instrument Sales, founded in 1985 in Oriskany.

Giotto said, “I am proud to be a Utica native and want to draw attention to this area are making our presence felt regionally, nationally and internationally. It symbolizes the vibrant goodwill and generosity that Utica-area residents and businesses always have and will continue to express in the future.