Created By: The History Center in Tompkins County
Originally located at 113 W. State Street, where the State Theater now stands, this building was built ca. 1820 by local carpenter Luther Gere as both a residence and a bank. It housed Ithaca's first bank, a branch of the Bank of Newburgh, named after that Hudson River town. The land was purchased for 10 cents from Simeon DeWitt. The symmetrical five-bay facade with side-gabled roof is typically Federal, but the recessed doorway is a common Greek Revival feature, as is the front-facing central gable. In 1912, several concerned citizens rescued the building from being torn down and arranged for it to be moved--coincidentally, to a lot beside Captain Humphrey's house.
This point of interest is part of the tour: DeWitt Park Historic District