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ITHACA, N.Y. — An architectural tour celebrating the 100th anniversary of Cayuga Heights will showcase eight properties on Saturday, June 13, giving participants a rare glimpse into some of our region’s most notable older homes.
In its 6th annual “That Old House Tour” Historic Ithaca offers visitors the opportunity to tour Marcham Hall—former home of Dorothy Cornell, Ezra’s granddaughter—and house styles that range from the Arts and Crafts movement to Tudor Revival and to Neoclassical Revival.
The tour includes one of the first houses built in the planned residential community of Cayuga Heights; the home of former Cornell President Deane Malott, where he resided during student unrest in 1958, and Greystone, the home of dancer and silent film star Irene Castle after she married Robert E. Treman
“Historic Ithaca is delighted to partner with the Cayuga Heights History Project to offer our annual “That Old House” tour in the village of Cayuga Heights,” says Alphonse Pieper, executive director for Historic Ithaca. “Participants will have a wonderful experience exploring this historic planned community while seeing selected examples of its residential architecture.”
According to Village Historian Bea Szekely, “The Village of Cayuga Heights adjoining the campus of Cornell is the quintessential American university suburb. Founded in 1915, it has enjoyed an intimate relationship with the university ever since. That the year 2015 is the centennial of the founding of Cayuga Heights in 1915 as well as the sesquicentennial of the founding of Cornell University in 1865 calls attention to a century-long intimate town-gown relationship. The Village of Cayuga Heights Centennial Celebration provides the perfect opportunity to explore a unique architectural history and stories of fascinating residents.”
Tickets for the self-guided walk/drive can be purchased at www.historicithaca.org, in person at 212 Center St., or by calling (607) 277-3450, or on the day of the tour. General admission is $15; $12 for Friends of Historic Ithaca, seniors and students; $10 per person for groups of 4 or more. Children under 12 are free.