Created By: The History Center in Tompkins County
This Colonial Revival home is one of the oldest buildings in the district. It was built in 1901 for David Hoy, Cornell University registrar and the person referred to in the song Give My Regards to Davy. The house was designed by Clarence Martin, a professor in Cornell's School of Architecture.
Many early homes in the district, including commissioned houses and houses built on spec, were large, showcase homes designed by architects.
Clarence Martin, Clinton Vivian, and William H. Miller designed several homes in the district that were built between 1899 and 1906.
Many of the early houses were in the Colonial Revival style and featured, like this house, a prominent central entry porch rising to a bay window on the second floor and a gabled dormer above. Classical detailing, such as the Doric columns supporting the portico of this house and the Palladian window in the dormer, are typical of the style. The combination of a shingled second story above a clapboard first story appears throughout the district.
This point of interest is part of the tour: Cornell Heights Historic District Driving Tour