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Facility Location:  
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115 Cascadilla Pl
City of Ithaca
Tompkins
NY -
Construction Date:   1866
Gross Area:   98,624 sq ft
Net Area:   77,913 sq ft
Architect:   Nichols & Brown; Quinlivan, Pierik & Krause
Style:   Second Empire
Maintenance Planner:   eeg4 - Erik E. Gray
Maintenance Zone:   SA
Campus Site:   29
Zone Manager:   djh37 - Erik E. Gray
Authority Having Jurisdiction:   City of Ithaca
State Owned?:   No
Photo: Cascadilla Hall
Ezra Cornell and other investors built Cascadilla Hall on the edge of Cascadilla Gorge as a water cure sanitarium and school for women doctors. The idea was promoted by Dr. Samantha Nivison of Dryden, a graduate of the Female Medical College of Philadelphia (1855). Stone was quarried from Giant's staircase Falls below Central Avenue Bridge. Medina stone was used for the quoins, stringcourses, and window trim. The Second Empire style employed is evident in the corner pavilions and Mansard roof with dormers. Albany architects Nichols & Brown were to adopt this style for Morrill Hall. The water cure business failed and this building was impressed for university purposes. In the early years it housed students, faculty, administrative offices, and dining facilities. The two-story oriel window above the south entrance is a later improvement. A major renovation in 1981 removed the chimneys and added a floor to the Mansard roof.