Created By: The History Center in Tompkins County
About ten percent of Colonial Revival homes have gambrel roofs. Most, like this one, are one-story homes with steeply pitched gambrels containing almost a full second story of floor space. Many have separate dormer windows or a continuous shelf dormer with several windows. This house and its neighbor at 214 Wait Avenue are examples of the subtype, called Dutch Colonial.
This house was built in 1925 for J. Birdsall Calkins, a mechanical engineer. Subsequent occupants included Robert Lewis, extension professor of plant breeding, and M. L. Wolfram Laistner, professor of history.
This point of interest is part of the tour: Cornell Heights Historic District Driving Tour