Guided Victoiran tours by appoinment. Tour bus step on guide service available. 
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         Elmira, NY                     Finger Laked Region

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Pigeon Women circa 1850 One of the older houses in the historic district. Oh, yea the Pigeon Lady... Jennie the daughter of Dexter Curtis homeowner, raised pigeons in the attic AND consumed them. Side view.

Greek Revival wit Italianate features

circa 1850

There were several changes after the initial construction: 1936-large front veranda removed and part of it used for present front entrance, using original pillars: two tall windows, front, shortened and doorway changed: 1950- dentils removed;s a room was built on the roof of summer kitchen, and chimney on north wall for additional fireplaces. Interior changes were conversion of firs floor to doctor's offices and second and third floors for living quarters.
    In 1852 this house was located at the corner of W. Church Street and Columbia Street and the owner was George Brush, lawyer. The plot was a continuation of the Wisner Town Plot, By 1876 the house was situated on the where it now stands. In 1851, Joseph Bates, J. Henry Cochran, Rev. DeWitt Munger, presiding elder of the Elmira district of the Methodist Episcopal Church, Mary Gavin, proprietor of the New England Kitchen and Leland Holmes, owner of Fish and Holmes, wholesale dry goods. Dr. and Mrs. Swen Larson purchased the house form the Holmes Estate. Dr. Larson is a prominent Elmira physician.

 

357-359 Columbia St Elmira NY circa 1

Early Hollywood connection to Historic Near Westside neighborhood. 208 Columbia St Elmira NY circa 1860 Hal Roach birthplace early motion picture producer and studio Hollywood. Creator of "Our Gang" "Little Rascals" & "Laurel & Hardy) Welcome to our life in a national historic district. Historic Near Westside Neighborhood tours

The Hal Roach home. Hal Roach grew up in this house. We took his daughter on tour and learned some fun things from her. 309 Columbia St Elmira NY circa Hal Roach home circa 1901 Historic Near Westside Neighborhood Early motion picture producer Hollywood. Produced and created "Our Gang" "Little Rascals" & "Laurel & Hardy" The white building out back was the barn now converted to an apartment building. Our famous houses and residence. Our life in a national historic district TOURs Bus step; on guide available.