233 South Albany Street

The Henry St. John District Historic Walking Tour

233 South Albany Street

Ithaca, New York 14850, United States

Created By: Ithaca Heritage


This circa 1881 home is primarily in the Stick style but incorporates elements of Gothic Revival, Eastlake, and Colonial Revival. The large eaves have exposed rafter tails, and the main façade's gable features a decorative truss and vertical picket siding. The Colonial Revival element is the front porch, with its Doric posts and gable pediment.

This house is the first of several owned and occupied by an interrelated group of prominent businessmen and community leaders in the late nineteenth century. The likely builder, William L. Bostwick (1837-1896), was a state legislator and owned a factory (he first made sashes and blinds, then pianos and organs) with Philip Frank Sisson (1839-1918) and Roger B. Williams (1848-1933), who lived just down the street at 315 and 319 South Albany Street. The Bostwicks were large landowners and themselves lived at 318, since demolished for the Beechtree Care Facility. Their son lived in this house until it was sold to drugstore owner Hiram Haskins in 1889.

Note that as you continue the walk, you will notice a very similar house at 327 South Albany Street. That home was also owned by the Bostwicks and was probably constructed from the same plans.

This point of interest is part of the tour: The Henry St. John District Historic Walking Tour


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