116 – 116 ½ Heights Court

Cornell Heights Historic District Driving Tour

116 – 116 ½ Heights Court

Ithaca, New York 14850, United States

Created By: Ithaca Heritage

Point of Interest Details

Now used as student apartments, this double house was built in 1916 as a residence for businesspeople, professionals, and faculty.

Early occupants included Edwin G. Boring, who went on to teach psychology at Harvard University, and Karl M. Dallenback, professor of psychology at Cornell who conducted studies on the perceptions of the blind.

Nobel laureate James B. Sumner lived across the street at 119 Heights Court. Sumner was a professor of biological chemistry at Cornell. He won a Nobel Prize in 1946 for devising a general method to isolate and crystallize enzymes, which he did in 1926. "I went to the telephone and told my wife that I had crystallized the first enzyme," he later noted, though chemistry colleagues were slow to recognize the achievement.

This point of interest is part of the tour: Cornell Heights Historic District Driving Tour


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