Cascadilla School Boathouse

Architectural History Minute

Cascadilla School Boathouse

Built: 1896, Designed: Clinton Vivian & Arthur Gibb

In the early 1890s, the Cascadilla School purchased forty acres of land adjacent to Cayuga Lake to develop athletic facilities, now Stewart Park. The building is an example of a collegiate style boathouse, and is historically and architecturally significant. It was designed to store boat shells and to be used for recreational and social purposes. The building maintains its same use as a storage facility to this day. The interior features rounded openings facing the water. Large second floor assembly room with wood floors and doors to the veranda. The Cascadilla School was founded in the 1870s by two young Cornell University professors, Lucien Augustus Wait (1846-1913) who taught Mathematics & Bela P. MacKoon (1840-99) who taught Latin & German. They established a tutoring school for Cornell students as well as for those who planned to enter Cornell and located it in Cascadilla Place, still a part of the Cornell campus and now known as Cascadilla Hall…….

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Andrew Petruzzelli

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