Created By: The History Center in Tompkins County
This house is an excellent example of a California Craftsman bungalow, with its projecting single-story wings, low-pitched roofline, widely overhanging eaves, and exposed rafters.
It was built in 1922 for Leon Rothschild, president and secretary of Rothschild Brothers Department Store. The family lived here through the 1930s.
Rollin "Stork" Sanford, head crew coach at Cornell, lived here during the 1940s, 50s, and 60s.
Proponents of the Craftsman style included the architectural firm of Greene & Greene of Pasadena, California, and designer Gustav Stickley of East Aurora, New York. Though it varied in detail regionally, the style is characterized by its use of natural materials, horizontal orientation, and emphasis on hand-crafted components.
Like vernacular examples of the contemporaneous Prairie style, the Craftsman style was quickly spread via pattern books and popular magazines, and from about 1905 through the early 1920s, it was the dominant style for smaller houses built throughout the United States.
This point of interest is part of the tour: Cornell Heights Historic District Driving Tour