Created By: The History Center in Tompkins County
The East Hill Historic District on the slope between College Town and Ithaca's business district includes the greatest concentration of historically and architecturally significant buildings in the city.
The building date from 1830 to the 1930s and reflect many popular American architectural styles.
The district is on the Nation Register of Historic Places and was designated a local historic district in 1988. Structural changes to the exterior of any building in the district, as well as any new construction in the district, must meet the approval of Ithaca's Landmarks Preservation Commission.
The district is bounded on the east and west by Eddy and North Aurora streets, and on the north and south by the gorges of the Cascadilla and Six Mile creeks.
This tour describes twenty-seven building in the lower portions of the district (i.e., west of Stewart Avenue), and includes many examples of Greek Revival, Gothic Revival, Italianate, Queen Anne, and Colonial Revival styles. Also represented are Second Empire, Swiss Chalet, Richardsonian Romanesque, English Revival, and Mission styles.
This walking tour was developed by Historic Ithaca, Inc. For more information about events, walking tours, and preservation advocacy, please visit their website.
Please use discretion when approaching private property. Thank you and we hope you enjoy the tour!