ITHACA, N.Y. — Thousands of Cornell alumni flooded Ithaca this weekend returning to their favorite bars, restaurants and enjoying the newly finished Ithaca Commons.

But many were in for a sad time as they got to the site of the iconic Chapter House in Collegetown and found that their favorite watering hole was still nothing more than a pit of rubble.

The Chapter House was destroyed in a fire on April 14, 2015. For months, the bar was moving through the process of being rebuilt. By late January, the Ithaca Landmarks Preservation Council approved plans to permit construction on the new Chapter House. Construction was supposed to begin in February and a tentative reopen date was scheduled in August.

But in a sudden and unexpected turn of events, the property was sold for $850,000 on May 5.

The owner of the property where the Chapter House once stood — Sebastian Mascaro of Florida — sold the property through MSW Management LLC. The owner of 406 Stewart Avenue, LLC, — James L. Goldman of suburban Philadelphia — purchased the property.

The Ithaca Voice has been unable to confirm what the plans are for the space since the purchase.

Remembering the loss of the iconic bar, several people who appeared to be Cornell alumni gathered at the site Friday evening with an ice chest of beer and folding chairs to raise a glass to the good ol’ days.

Featured photo provided by Kara Church.

Jolene Almendarez

Jolene Almendarez is Managing Editor at The Ithaca Voice. She can be reached at; you can learn more about her at the links in the top right of this box.