Created By: The History Center in Tompkins County
Heights Court does not appear on the original street plan for the district. It was probably created around 1910, when this house was built. Most of the houses on the street date from 1914 to the late 1920s and are noticeably smaller and more closely spaced than those elsewhere in the district. This house--with its simple square plan, low-pitched hipped roof, and symmetrical facade--belongs to a subtype of the Prairie style called American Foursquare or Prairie Box. The Mission-inspired tiled roof is characteristic of the style.
The house was built for the family of Clarence B. Burling, who operated the Imperial Stationery Company. The family lived here through the 1970s.
This point of interest is part of the tour: Cornell Heights Historic District Driving Tour