Created By: The History Center in Tompkins County
This house is an excellent example of Richardsonian Romanesque architecture. It was designed by William Henry Miller and built in 1890.
The style bears some similarities to the Queen Anne style as you can see here in the cross-gables roof, the dominant front-facing gables, the octagonal turret, and the building’s asymmetry. What distinguishes the style is the use of rusticated stonework, rounded arches over the doors and windows, the steeply pitched roof, and the building’s overall massiveness.
The house is faced in grey sandstone. Notable features include the egg-and-dart string course and the arched windows in the prominent front-facing gables, and the leaded stained glass panels in the windows at the first story.
The house was built for George Williams, who owned the Ithaca Organ Company. It was one of the first houses in Ithaca to be wired for electricity.
Source: Historic Ithaca, Inc.
This point of interest is part of the tour: Lower East Hill Historic District