Ithaca, N.Y. — You know the old joke …

Q: What are the seasons in Ithaca?

1 — Winter.

2 — Still winter.

3 — Construction.

We appear to be in the third season. Ithacans have bemoaned the Commons construction as it stretches into this fall and, likely, the winter.

Related: 9 photos of Ithaca’s gorges from the 19th Century

So it may be comforting — or, perhaps, not — to be reminded that this kind of construction has always been with us. As part of our #ThrowbackThursday series, here are 10 historic photos of construction in Ithaca (found with the help of the good folks at the History Center in Tompkins County):

1 — North Tioga Street. Taken by Charles Brown | Donated to history center Sept. 10, 1942

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5 — From remodeling of Rothschild Building in 1913

6 — Construction of Six Mile Creek. Undated

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8 — Construction of the Kappa Sigma building at Cornell. Dated from 1890 to 1910.

9 — Six Mile Creek in 1903.

10 — “The Cornell Foundry — Sibley Dome Visible”


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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.