Created By: The History Center in Tompkins County
Built by former U.S. Congressman and Ithaca President David Woodcock, the stately residence once on this site was home to Ezra Cornell from 1869 until his death on December 9, 1874. In a letter to brother-in-law Elijah Cornell the day before, Mary Ann Cornell described Ezra's condition: "He was very comfortable when we came home but in going into the office where the university held their meeting for their settlement of their business and sitting there he took cold and was taken with pain in his right lung which the doctor pronounced inflammation of the pleura which causes such a fever that it has reduced his strength very much indeed."
The Ithaca Savings Bank, of which Ezra Cornell had been first president, moved into the building in 1878. It was torn down to build a new bank structure designed by noted Ithaca architect William H. Miller. That building burned in 1921, and the current building was constructed in 1924.
This point of interest is part of the tour: Ezra Cornell Historic Tour