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Historic Places in Tompkins County

William Austin House

34 Seneca St.

Trumansburg, NY 14886

Architect: Not listed

Style: Second Empire

Period: 1850-1874

Ownership: Private

Bailey Hall

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY 14853

Architect: Various

Style: Classical Revival

Period: 1900-1924

Ownership: State

Boardman House (former Ithaca College Museum of Art)

120 E. Buffalo St.

Ithaca, NY 14850

Architect: Unknown

Style: Italianate

Period: 1850-1874

Ownership: Local Govt.

Caldwell Hall

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY 14853

Architect: Green & Wicks, Durolithic Co.

Style: Renaissance

Period: 1900-1924

Ownership: State

Hermon Camp House

Camp St.

Trumansburg, NY 14886

Architect: Thomas Judd

Style: Greek Revival

Period: 1825-1849

Ownership: Private

Cascadilla School Boathouse

Stewart Park

Ithaca, NY 14850

Architect: Vivian & Gibb, et al.

Style: Shingle

Period: 1875-1899

Ownership: Local Govt.

Luther Clarke House

39 W. Main St.

Dryden, NY 13053

Architect: Unknown

Style: Federal

Period: 1800-1849

Ownership: Private

Clinton Hall

108-114 N. Cayuga St.

Ithaca, NY 14850

Architect: Unknown

Style: Greek Revival

Period: 1825-1874

Ownership: Private

Clinton House (Clinton Hotel)

116 N. Cayuga St.

Ithaca, NY 14850

Architect: Ira Tillotson, William Henry Miller

Style: Greek Revival, Federal

Period: 1825-1849

Ownership: Private

Comstock Hall

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY 14853

Architect: Various

Style: Renaissance

Period: 1900-1924

Ownership: State

Cornell Heights Historic District (Cayuga Heights)

Bounded by Kline Rd., Highland Ave., Brock La., Triphammer Rd, Fall Creek, Stewart Ave., and Needham Pl.

Ithaca, NY 14850

Architect: Various

Style: Late 19th and Early 20th Century American, Late 19th and 20th Century Revivals

Period: 1875-1949

Ownership: Private

DeWitt Park Historic District (Public Square)

Bounded by E. Buffalo, R. Court, N. Cayuga, and N. Tioga Sts.

Ithaca, NY 14850

Architect: Various

Style: Greek Revival, Italianate, Romanesque

Period: 1800-1924

Ownership: Private, Local Govt.

Deke House

13 South Ave.

Ithaca, NY 14850

Architect: William Henry Miller, Arthur Norman Gibb

Style: Romanesque

Period: 1875-1924

Ownership: Private

Note: This is the Delta Chi Chapter of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity house. See more information about this house.

Dryden District School No. 5 (Eight Square School)

1756 Hanshaw Rd.

Dryden, NY 13053

Architect: Henry Balcom, a local carpenter

Style: Octagon (brick)

Period: 1825-1949

Ownership: Private

Note: The Eight Square School was built in 1827 to replace a squarish wooden structure that was too small to accommodate all the students. The original estimated cost of building the structure was $350 and was approved by local voters. By the time the structure was finished, it had run 57% over budget to the tune of $550. The Eight Square School is the only brick octagon schoolhouse still standing in the state. The school was in use until 1941. The building and property were later sold to the Dryden Historical Society for $10. The octagon shape was chosen for a number of reasons: 1. it was thought that the shape was more conducive to better learning because the instructor could be placed in a prominent position and be the focus of the students; 2. the octagonal shape provided more square feet of interior space than either a square or a rectangle; 3. because the octagon could have windows or doors on all sides, ventilation was better; 4. octagon structures tend to have thick walls and this provided for better insulation against heat and cold. The History Center currently holds a day-long living history program in the school for local elementary students, allowing them to experience a school day from 1892. The Eight Square School is the logo of the Rural School Association of New York State.

Dryden Historic District

bounded by E. Main, James, lake, and South Sts.

Dryden, NY 13053

Architect: Various

Style: Greek Revival, Italianate

Period: 1800-1924

Ownership: Private

East Hill Historic District

bounded by Cascadilla Creek, Eddy St., Six Mile Creek, and Aurora St.

Ithaca, NY 14850

Architect: William Henry Miller, et al.

Style: Mid 19th Century Revival, Colonial Revival, Late Victorian

Period: 1825-1949

Ownership: Private, Local Govt.

Enfield Falls Mill and Miller's House (Treman House and Mill)

Robert H. Treman State Park

Rt. 327 (Enfield Falls Rd.)

Town of Enfield

Ithaca, NY 14850

Architect: Unknown

Style: Greek Revival

Period: 1825-1849

Ownership: State

Note: The mill is a water-powered gristmill built by Jared Treman in 1839. Located in the part of the park called "Upper Treman," it is open to visitors and provides a good opportunity to learn about the history of the mill and how it works. In 1920 Treman's grandson, Robert H. Treman and his wife Laura Treman donated 387 acres of land in Enfield Glen to the state for the creation of a park. The park came under the management of the newly created Finger Lakes State Parks Commission of which Robert H. Treman was the first commissioner. The park, which now totals 1,074 acres, was later named in his honor.

Fernow Hall

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY 14853

Architect: Green & Wicks, Durolithic Co.

Style: Prairie School

Period: 1900-1924

Ownership: State

First Presbyterian Church of Ulysses

Main St.

Trumansburg, NY 14886

Architect: Not listed

Style: Greek Revival

Period: 1825-1899

Ownership: Private

Forest Home Historic District

along Rt. 392

Ithaca, NY 14850

Architect: Various

Style: Federal, Greek Revival, Queen Anne

Period: 1825-1949

Ownership: Private

Groton High School

177 Main St.

Groton, NY 13073

Architect: Carl Wesley Clark

Style: Classical Revival

Period: 1900-1924

Ownership: Private

Nicoll Halsey House and Halseyville Archeological Sites

Rt. 96

Halseyville (Town of Ulysses)

Trumansburg, NY 14886

Architect: Unknown

Style: Greek Revival

Period: 1800-1949

Ownership: Private, State

Note: The house is marked with a New York State historic marker that says: "Halsey House, Route 96, Halseyville. Home of pioneers of 1808, Nicoll and Euphias McDowell Halsey. Built in 1829. First mill built nearby in 1809; flood destroyed the mill and log bridge. A new mill, covered bridge was erected in 1833, and replaced in 1928, mill was lost in the 1935 flood." See geneological information on Nicoll Halsey. See information about Halseyville and a photo.

Cayuga Indian Village

Indian Fort Road

Trumansburg, NY 14886

Architect: Aboriginal

Style: Cayuga

Period: 1500-1749

Ownership: Private

Note: See more information about this site.

Ithaca Gas and Electric Corporation Building (City Hall Annex)

123 S. Cayuga St.

Ithaca, NY 14850

Architect: Driscoll Bros. & Co.

Style: Classical Revival

Period: 1900-1949

Ownership: Private

Ithaca Pottery Site

423 E. Lincoln St.

Ithaca, NY 14850

Architect: Not listed

Style: Not listed

Period: 1825-1849

Ownership: Private

Jamieson and McKinney Block (McKinney Building)

115-121 S. Cayuga St.

Ithaca, NY 14850

Architect: Frederick L. Brown

Style: Late 19th and 20th Century Revivals

Period: 1875-1949

Ownership: Private

Jennings-Marvin House

9 Library St.

Dryden, NY 13053

Architect: J. Dwight

Style: Colonial Revival, Queen Anne

Period: 1875-1899

Ownership: Private

Lacey-Van Vleet House

45 W. Main St.

Dryden, NY 13053

Architect: Unknown

Style: Greek Revival, Federal

Period: 1825-1849

Ownership: Private

Lehigh Valley Railroad Station

806 W. Buffalo St.

Ithaca, NY 14850

Architect: Not listed

Style: Not listed

Period: 1875-1899

Ownership: Private

Note: This is now The Station Restaurant.

Llenroc

100 Cornell Ave.

Ithaca, NY 14850

Architect: Nichols & Brown

Style: Gothic Revival

Period: 1850-1899

Ownership: Private

Note: Llenroc is the name of a blue stone native to the area around Cornell University. Llenroc was also the name Ezra Cornell, founder of the University, gave to his home just off campus. (It's actually the word Cornell spelled backward.) The mansion sits on a knoll overlooking Ithaca and Cayuga Lake. Llenroc is currently the home of Delta Phi fraternity. See photos, more photos and still more photos of the mansion.

Methodist Episcopal Church

2 North St.

Dryden, NY 13053

Architect: Henry H. Moore

Style: Romanesque

Period: 1850-1874

Ownership: Private

Morrill Hall

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY 14853

Architect: Not listed

Style: 1850-1874

Period: Private (University)

Ownership: Private

Note: Designated a National Historic Landmark.

Rice Hall

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY 14853

Architect: Various

Style: Renaissance

Period: 1900-1924

Ownership: State

(Isaac P.) Roberts Hall

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY 14853

Architect: George L. Heins, Morris Kantrowitz

Style: Beaux Arts, Renaissance

Period: 1900-1924

Ownership: State

Rockwell House

52 W. Main St.

Dryden, NY 13053

Architect: Darius Givens

Style: Italianate

Period: 1850-1874

Ownership: Private

Second Baptist Society of Ulysses (Trumansburg Conservatory of the Arts)

1 Congress St.

Trumansburg, NY 14886

Architect: Daniel Elmore, Eugene Holton

Style: Greek Revival

Period: 1825-1924

Ownership: Private

Southworth House

14 North St.

Dryden, NY 13053

Architect: Unknown

Style: Federal

Period: 1825-1849

Ownership: Private

Southworth Library

24 W. Main St.

Dryden, NY 13053

Architect: William Henry Miller, J. Allington & Son

Style: Not listed

Period: 1875-1899

Ownership: Local Govt.

St. James AME Zion Church

116-118 Cleveland Ave.

Ithaca, NY 14850

Architect: Unknown

Style: Not listed

Period: 1825-1849

Ownership: Private

St. John's Episcopal Church

1504 Seventy-Six Rd. (Old 76 Rd.)

Speedsville (Town of Caroline)

Berkshire, NY 13736

Architect: Not listed

Style: Federal

Period: 1825-1899

Ownership: Private

St. Thomas' Episcopal Church

2740 Slaterville Rd. (Rt. 79)

Slaterville Springs, NY 14881

Architect: John E. Walsh

Style: Gothic

Period: 1875-1899

Ownership: Private

State Theater

107-119 W. State St.

Ithaca, NY 14850

Architect: Victor A. Rigaumont, Henry N. Hinkley

Style: Not listed

Period: 1925-1949

Ownership: Private

Tompkins County Courthouse

121 E. Court St.

Ithaca, NY 14850

Architect: John F. Maurice

Style: Gothic Revival

Period: 1850-1874

Ownership: Local Govt.

U.S. Post Office

213 N. Tioga St.

Ithaca, NY 14850

Architect: James Knox Taylor

Style: Classical Revival

Period: 1900-1949

Ownership: Federal

West Dryden Methodist Episcopal Church

Jct. of W. Dryden and Sheldon Rds.

Dryden, NY 13053

Architect: Peter Conover

Style: Federal

Period: 1825-1899

Ownership: Local Govt.

Andrew Dickson White House (A.D. White House)

Cornell University

27 East Ave.

Ithaca, NY 14853

Architect: William Henry Miller, Charles Babcock

Style: Gothic

Period: 1850-1924

Ownership: Private (University)

Historic Significance: Associated with Andrew Dickson White, first president of Cornell University and William Henry Miller, architect and first graduate of Cornell's School of Architecture in 1872.

Wing Hall

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY 14853

Architect: Green & Wicks, Durolithic Co.

Style: Classical Revival

Period: 1900-1924

Ownership: State

 

 

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