Created By: The History Center in Tompkins County
This striking house is a good example of the stylistic eclecticism found throughout the district. Built around 1912, it exhibits features of the Craftsman style, such as low-hanging, open eaves, but does not feature the exposed roof rafters so typical of the style. The low, horizontal perspective and banded windows suggest a Prairie influence.
The majority of Craftsman-style homes in the area are covered with stucco, and many have Tudor-inspired false half-timbering on the upper stories.
These buildings permeate the district.
Many early residents of Cornell Heights were important figures in the history of Cornell University, particularly in the expansion of the State Agricultural College. James Rice, whose contributions to the field of poultry science are commemorated in Rice Hall, lived for many years at 308 Wait Avenue, across the street from this house.
This point of interest is part of the tour: Cornell Heights Historic District Driving Tour