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Facility Location:  
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356 West Ave
City of Ithaca
NY -
Construction Date:   1913
Gross Area:   31,355 sq ft
Net Area:   21,572 sq ft
Architect:   Frank Miles Day & Charles Zeller Klauder
Style:   Collegiate Gothic
Unit Facility Director:   lj27 - Lisa M Anderson
Building Coordinators
Maintenance Zone:   SCL Zone
Campus Site:   29 - Ithaca Main Campus
Jurisdiction:   City of Ithaca
State Owned?:   No
Historic Building:   NL - Not Listed as Landmark
Historic District:   NL - Not Located Within a District
Photo: Baker Tower
Work began on men's residence halls after the implementation of plans for a second women's dormitory, Prudence Risley Hall (1911), in the popular English collegiate Gothic style. Warren Manning's 1910 campus plan indicated a site for the halls west of the main campus. A trustee committee including Georges Charles Boldt, Andrew Dickson White, and Robert Henry Treman led the subscription campaign. Ralph Adams Cram, architect of the influential Graduate School at Princeton (1910), designed the site land which was to be filled in over a period of years as money was raised. A wall of buildings of local bluestone trimmed in Indiana limestone and reflecting the late Gothic mode of Oxford and Cambridge defined the edge of this residential community- an inner, protected collegiate environment where according to Cram personal honor, clean living,... good fellowship, obedience to law, reverence and the fear of God- all those elements that are implied in the word 'character' would thrive. The firm of Day & Klauder (later Charles Zeller Klauder after Day's death in 1918), which also did work for Princeton, designed all the buildings between 1913 and 1931. The firm designed the buildings in small units housing 16 to 30 students. The dedications of the buildings and their decoration reminded residents of the accomplishments of Cornellians. Though not a Cornellian, the New York City banker was a major Cornell donor