The Henry St John Historical Walking Tour

A quiet stroll through one of Ithaca's historic residential neighborhoods

The Henry St John Historical Walking Tour

Ithaca, New York 14850, United States

Created By: The History Center in Tompkins County

Tour Information

The Henry St John neighborhood, just south of downtown Ithaca, is a well-preserved historic district of late 19th- and early 20th-century homes. Named for Ithaca's third mayor, the district was home to many prominent figures during the city's transition from sleepy village to vibrant city. Within the neighborhood you will find excellent examples of the Federal, Greek Revival, Italianate, Second Empire, Gothic Revival, Stick and Queen Anne styles. Please note: most of the buildings are private residences, please stay on the sidewalk!


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What You'll See on the Tour

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115 W. Green St

This beautiful stone home, in a transitional Federal-Greek Revival style, was built in 1837. The original owner was Horace Mack, who served as a village president. This is the only surviving house of a row of three Green Street houses owne... Read more
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125 W. Green St

This beautiful brick Italiante home was built in 1869. Notable are the cast iron hoods and sills around the windows, the scrolled wood brackets of the portico, the dentils (tooth-like ornamentation) of the cornice, and the cupola. It was ... Read more
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207-209 W. Green St

This Greek Revival building was constructed around 1835 for James C. Hyatt. After Hyatt, the property was owned by prominent local lawyer George Beer, then by Horace Mack (whose father was the first owner of the stone house at 115 Green St)... Read more
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212 S. Albany

Built around 1883, this Queen Anne home has elaborate Eastlake-style ornamentation. It is cross-gabled, with a slender hip-roofed tower. Note the triangular gabled dormers cutting into the tower roof, the variety of wood cladding on the wal... Read more
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219 S. Albany St

This Queen Anne was built around 1884. It is a higly intact example of a Queen Anne from the period, with some elements of the Stick style (denoted by the vertical emphasis of some of the woodwork). It features tripartite windows on the thi... Read more
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233 S . Albany St

This ca. 1881 home is primarily in the Stickstyle, but incorporates elements of Gothic Revival, Eastlake, and Colonial Revival. The large eaves have exposed rafter tails, and the main façade's gable features a decorative truss and vertical... Read more
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234 S. Albany St

This unique Gothic Revival house was built in 1881, and maintains a high level of architectural integrity. It is a very late Gothic Revival, with massing and form more like a Queen Anne. This building has a number of interesting details, li... Read more
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315 S. Albany St

This 1874 Eastlake or Stick house has a complex L-shaped plan with several bays, projections and roof shapes. Note the decorative bargeboards, cornice trim and pendants, as well as other details like the decorative brickwork of the chimney ... Read more
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401 S. Albany St

Built around 1870, this red-painted brick Italianate house has deep eaves with ornate paired scrolled brackets and dentil molding typical of this style. Distinguishing it from other well-maintained but typical Italianates is the rounded wal... Read more
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405 S. Albany St

Another example of the Stick/Eastlake style that was popular during Henry St. John's development, this ca. 1870 home is notable for its steeply pitched roofs, lace-like molding around the cornice lines, and the decorative brickwork and cor... Read more
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The Sprague House

The crown jewel of the Henry St. John neighborhood, this palatial Second Empire structure was built in 1871. Known as The Sprague House, it is of wood frame construction with a dressed stone foundation and a complex plan. Note the cast iron... Read more
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336 S. Geneva St

While many of the most notable homes in the Henry St. John neighborhood come from the 1870s-1880s, a large percentage of the homes are from a second growth period in the 1910s and 1920s. Ithaca was growing quickly during that time, and the ... Read more
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328 S. Geneva St

This two-story wood frame house was built in 1888-89 in the Eastlake/Stick style. Notable features include the projecting cross gable on the north façade, the two cross gables on the east (main) façade, and the full-width porch with echoi... Read more
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325 S. Geneva St

Built in 1876-77, this Italianate home is rectangular in plan with projecting bays at the north and south façades, a small porch at the west façade, a two-story rear wing, and a rear addition with a first story porch and second story b... Read more
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The Henry St. John Building

The Henry St. John building, named for Ithaca's third mayor, was a product of the second building boom of this neighborhood. Ithaca grew substantially in the 1910s and 1920s, and a new school was needed as a result. Built in 1925, the buil... Read more
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224 S. Geneva St

This two-and-a-half-story house of frame construction was built prior to 1851 in the Greek Revival style. It is rectangular in plan, with two additions to the west and a small shed-roofed addition on the south façade. It has a wide corni... Read more
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209-211 S. Geneva St

This final home is notable for for its two distinct phases of contruction. It is a two-and-a-half-story wood frame house originally built ca. 1845 in the Greek Revival style but radically expanded and remodeled in 1885 in the Stick sty... Read more

 

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