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Tower House Ithaca

Updated on August 6, 2016

In your travels you will find over 150 waterfalls within just 10 square miles of Ithaca, New York. If you look hard enough in Ithaca, New York you will discover a rather unique project going up like nothing else in Ithaca. It's the tower house of Ithaca which is the longest night solstice tower project in Ithaca as well. The tower house is a little bit different different from other houses that you'll be seeing in the city if Ithaca, New York. On a Sunday we met the Architect of this work of art. At first we thought the man working on the house was some poor flunky who got stuck working on the weekend, but after he introduced himself to us we found that we were talking to the actual Architect of this interesting looking house.

At first we thought there were separate apartments on each floor, but even as big as the tower house looks it's actually only a single dwelling house. The lot is only 33 feet by 93 feet, and the tower house consist of two identical towers that are connected by an overhead elevated walkway. There are no windows in the tower house, just doors. I was really amazed by the fact that there were all of these doors throughout the tower house in place of windows. Believe it or not the Architect actually said that it was cheaper to use and install doors than use windows. (Who would have guessed that.) The doors that are above the ground level all open to the inside. We saw the protective outdoor railings being built in front of these doors while we were there, and this was when we realized that there was something just a little bit different about the tower house. All of the photographs in this hub I took personally, and you'll notice that I took some of the pictures here both before and after all of the protective outdoor railings were installed. There's also one foot glass blocks on each floor that serve as small clerestory windows. The lay out for the tower house makes the most out of the space and runs like this - on the first floor of each tower there's a living area, kitchen, and bathroom. The second floor of the tower has two mirrored bedrooms and sinks in the hallway. On the third floor there's the master bedroom with a private bathroom. The very top of the tower house contains the laundry along with storage space.

The Architect actually went around and talked with the neighbors in this close knit neighborhood. He explained with them what he intended on doing with the property, and he was open minded to any of their concerns. He talked with us for a while, and even showed us an actual paper model of the tower house that he keeps on the dash board of his car for inspiration. He was very eager to explain all of his ideas and the different aspects of the tower house. The Architect explained all of these things to us about the tower house without having any idea that a person with us in our group was actually a building contractor. One of the funny things was that this person in our group also didn't want any of us to tell the Architect that he was indeed a building contractor. The Architect also told us that the tower house was built with the alignment of the stars in mind. There are various fruit and nut trees, plants and bushes planted along the side of the tower house property. In front of the tower house what first looked like some sort of weird fence turned out to be, what the Architect described, a confessional bench where the people seated were on opposite sides. It was the dream of the Architect that these two people could sit there and engage in a good conversation while they each enjoyed a cool beverage. I'm not sure if he was implying about them drinking a beer or a tall ice tea.

What was even stranger was the lost cat poster that was tacked to the telephone pole by the tower house. I discovered later that it was actually put there by a nephew of mine. He also hung up some other posters in town which actually made it into the local newspapers. I guess now I know where he gets his sense of humor. You will find all of this located in Ithaca, New York around 504 West Seneca street.

Do you think that you could find this cat from the picture on this poster?

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Do you think you would like to live in a tower house like this?

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1923 New York license plate

1923 New York license plate
1923 New York license plate

This 1923 New York license plate was found on Connecticut Hill, New York. After over 93 years and almost 2 hours of work this plate saw a brand new Rust-oleum paint job.


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      Kitty Army Attack 18 months ago

      I found this awesome site by just clicking on the picture of the 1923 NY license plate on Google. There are several really good pictures you have here. Cool and not so fake.

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      Sandwich Eater 21 months ago

      Back again TheHoleStory to tell you congratulations on your 1923 New York license plate being the #1 image on Google srsrches. Great job!

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      Best of the Clams 21 months ago

      I agree with you Mr. Sandwich Eater about this being one class act of a paint job on that old 1923 N.Y. license plate.

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      Sandwich Eater 22 months ago

      That's a cool looking 1923 New York license plate that you have pictured here in this hub. You did a great job re-painting that rusty 93 year old license plate.

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      Geri McClymont 2 years ago

      I was in Ithaca many years ago and likely before this tower house was built. It looks so curious, and like you, I would have thought it contained several apartments (one on each level). It would be fun to take a tour inside! Loved the lost cat poster.

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      Big Rock & Small Pebble 2 years ago

      I also wouldn't have any problem finding the cat from that fine looking drawing.

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      possum lover 2 years ago from the backwoods just to the North of South Carolina

      What in the world do you mean that's a lie rebelogilbert? I can easily tell from that detailed green stick cat drawing that this breed is a classic Persian cat.

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      Gilbert Arevalo 2 years ago from Hacienda Heights, California

      Very interesting photos. They're lying about being able to find that cat going on that stick figure.

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      Nancy Yager 2 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      Someone will love this ot sure that I would. Very interesting concepts.

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      Rachel L Alba 2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      It's very strange, but they say "there is something for every one". If that's what someone likes, then why not. I love windows though, I wouldn't want to live in a house without windows. Very interesting, thanks for sharing.

      Blessings to you.

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      June Parker 2 years ago from New York

      We live near Albany and have planned to make a trip to Ithaca. We will have to look for the tower house and drive by to see how it has progressed in its construction.

      It is an interesting concept, but too modernistic for my personal taste. As for eye appeal, it reminds me of stacked shipping containers, but you know what they say,"different strokes for different folks" makes the world an amazing and interesting place to be.

      FIY. Using paragraphs in articles makes it so much easier to read online.

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      TheHoleStory 2 years ago from Parsons, West Virginia

      I see that you have some experience Rochelle with finding stick cats. The last thing I heard was that this particular cat was still out there on the loose, so if you cross paths with it and see this cat please call the number on the poster. Oh wait there is no number on the poster!

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      Rochelle Frank 2 years ago from California Gold Country

      I'm not sure about all the stair climbing-- especially laundry on the 4th floor, but it looks interesting, and might be kind of cool.

      As for the cat poster-- if I saw a skinny-legged blue cat with zero for a license plate number, I'm sure I would recognize it.