Created By: Ithaca Heritage
Located at 3 Congress Street is the David King McLallen House. David King McLallen (1803-1877) was the son of John McLallen (1773-1844) and Mary King McLallen, the first couple to marry in the young village of Trumansburg. David was a man of many talents and professions during his early years, serving as a physician to Trumansburg residents and as a business partner to his brother James. David married Louisa Hoskins in 1834, at which time he built the brick residence standing before you. The 1830s were defined by a noteworthy shift in architectural tastes. The Federal style, which was fashionable during the late Colonial era and the first three decades of the nineteenth century, was giving way to the Greek Revival style, which would remain popular among regional builders up through the 1860s. The architectural and structural details of the McLallen House underscore the fluidity of this transition. Because of its advantageous location on the corner of McLallen and Congress streets, the McLallen House boasts two principal facades, both featuring characteristic Federal and Greek Revival-style elements. The McLallen Street façade, with its side-gabled orientation, is distinctly Federal, with a few Greek Revival flourishes. The entrance punctuating this façade is embellished with rectangular sidelights and a flat toplight, details typical of the Greek Revival style. The Congress Street façade, which appears more Greek Revival by virtue of its gable-forward orientation, features a doorway framed by Federal-style elliptical fanlights and sidelights. According to surviving records, the rear clapboard ell was also included in the original construction.
This point of interest is part of the tour: The Village of Trumansburg