Historic Schools of Tompkins County

A driving tour of historic school locations in Tompkins County.

Historic Schools of Tompkins County

Ithaca, New York 14850, United States

Created By: Ithaca Heritage

Tour Information

A driving tour of historic schoolhouses built from the mid-1800s to early 1900s in Tompkins County. These schoolhouses were originally built to serve small local communities, and many of the buildings have since been preserved as historic landmarks or reused and updated to accomodate the changing times and needs of the county's residents.


Intended to be a driving tour or an avid biking trail.

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Research compiled by Historic Ithaca in the fall of 2020. Pictures provided by The History Center in Tompkins County.

This project was made possible in part through grant support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the History at Home learning materials, do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Date built: 1912 Architect: William H. Miller The first Ithaca High School on this site was destroyed by a fire in 1912. Local architect William H. Miller designed the present building in the popular Collegiate Gothic style and it was compl... Read more
Date built: 1931 Architect: Arthur N. Gibb Now known as Beverly J. Martin Elementary School, the school served earlier as Boynton Junior High School and was erected in 1931 in a simplified Collegiate Gothic style. Located in a residential a... Read more
Built in the 1830s as a schoolhouse, renovated in 1847 to become a chapel. The single-story, Greek Revival-style schoolhouse has a T-shaped floorplan. Both the wood frame schoolhouse and the small Gothic Revival-style chapel were built on l... Read more
Originally school house section post-1823 and pre-1853 School District No. 22 was formed in Cayuga Heights in 1823. A schoolhouse was built at the intersection of Hanshaw and Pleasant Grove Roads (formerly Kline) and was known locally as th... Read more
29 Auburn Road rear parking area beside the Lansing Town Hall, Lansing Date built: c.1830s-1840s Originally located on Peruville Road, this clapboard one-room schoolhouse dates to around the 1830s or 1840s. It served pupils from grades one ... Read more
Date built: 1919-20 Architect: Carl W. Clark This building was constructed in 1919-1920 in a stripped-down neoclassical style to serve students above the seventh grade. Its plan and program followed the popular “factory for learning” co... Read more
Date built: c.1827 This one-room brick school is a good example and important survivor of the octagonal form schoolhouse that was popular in New York, New Jersey, Delaware, and parts of Pennsylvania from the 1770s through the 1830s. The tea... Read more
Date built: 1936-37 with addition in 1949 Architect: Carl W. Clark Set back from the main road by a grassy lawn, this red brick grade school’s design was inspired by the Colonial Revival style and was built as a Works Progress Administrat... Read more
Date built: c. 1921 This rectangular two-story school building with a hipped roof and stucco exterior walls was the Forest Home School for over forty years. Erected in 1921, its classrooms and gymnasium served the growing hamlet of Forest ... Read more
Date built: 1881 Architects: William H. Miller and Edward Green Built on an old quarry site, this red brick school was constructed to address the needs of the East Hill neighborhood, which grew and developed in the decades following the op... Read more
110 Columbia Street, Ithaca Date built: 1907 Architect: Clinton Vivian In 1907 the cornerstone was laid for the red brick school. Built to serve 149 children, this Colonial Revival school was designed so each room is well lit by multiple w... Read more
Date built: 1925 Architect: Arthur N. Gibb Designed in the popular Collegiate Gothic style, this red brick and cast-concrete school’s main entrance faces S. Geneva Street and sits in a mainly residential area bordering on the downtown. Th... Read more


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