$104K budgeted for project
Gray Street 460West Gray Street's "Cotton Candy" tree. Click on the home below to see the inside and grounds of this estate.
Gray Street 468 circa 1870
In 1852, the parcel was owned by J. D. Baldwin, a coal dealer and speculator, who owned the entire block. In 1865, the parcel was owned by Erastus P. Hart (doctor) and extended through the block to West Water St.. The original house was of the Eastern Stick style, designed by Eugene B. Gregory, a prominent local architect, specializing in Stick style houses as evidenced by his ads in the City Directory, a Stick house he designed (461 College Ave.), and an early photo of the house at 463 West Gray Street circa 1882. The house was owned by Irving Denman Booth (1843-1914). I. D. Booth founder a "heavy hardware" wholesale company in 1875. The I. D. Booth, Inc. serviced the railroad and other heavy industries in the city. The company continues as a wholesale plumbing and electrical firm to this day in the Booth family. I. D. Booth held civic posts including city alderman and fire commissioner, and a director of the Arnot-Ogden Hospital. In 1925, the house passed on to Wilfred I. Booth, after the manor alteration took place. the ob of remodeling the house to the Tudor style was accomplished by Frederick H. johnson, a prominent builder in Elmira during that time. He built commercial, industrial and residential buildings throughout the city. Johnston built the Elmira Country Club house, the Ray Tompkins House, the I. D. Clute House and the Strathmont (home of J. Arnot Rathbone) in Strathmont Park. Many of the prominent residences were designed with Tudor style influences. Wilfred I. Booth was noted for his Booth Chocolate Co. est. 1890. "Queen Cit Chocolate Drops" enjoyed a national market until the firm's demise during the depression. W. I. Booth served the community as the Commissioner of Civil Defense, 1918; a director of the Second National Bank, the Arnot-Ogden Board, and Elmira College. In 1937, michael Danaher, a lawyer, purchased the house from W. I. booth. Danaher rented the house as a five unit apartment house. In 1940, the house was sold to Joel Carroll, owner of J. H. Carroll Motor Co.. Four years later, Carroll sold the house to Clifford Tabor, a service manager of the same firm. The house was remodeled to a three-unit residential house. The Tabors sold the house in 1945 to Margaret Funk The present owners bought the property in 1973, Sidney & Mary Mann
Gray Street 468 circa 1870
The main entrance has piggy-back porches with flared shingles and Egyptian post. The land was part of the Isaac Baldwin holdings. In 1869, the property was sold to Eliza Suffern by William H. Cleveland for $1,700. and Ms. Suffern reside there until 1876. In 1878, John Purcell foreclosed on her mortgages of $1,150., and $100. and the property was sold at a public auction. Owners and occupants have included: H. Belson Sly, general insurance, 126 E. Water St.; Charles Phillips, manager of Elmira Real Estate; William Turnbull, lawyer; Leonard Clinton, treasurer for Barker, Rowe and Clinton; Phillip Greenstein, salesman; Max Kenner, proprietor of Amusement Novelty Supply Co; and Clark Craine, commercial artist.
Gray Steet 467-469 circa 1865
The house was built for M. W. Palmer. Originally more ornate with Gothic Elements in style. It was replaced during the 1870's for James Stewart, and engineer. The Stewart family resided in the house until 1899. One of the members was William J. Stewart, a machinist. Elizabeth Stewart, widow of James, lived there during the early 1900's. Beginning in 1902, the two-family house was occupied by Mrs. Stewart (469 W. Gray St.) and another occupant in 467 W. Gray St.. The first occupant of 467 W. Gray St., from 1903-1911, was Halsey Sayles. HalseySayles was a lawer, joining the firm of Stanchfield, Lovell, Falck & Sayles in 1907.He served as counsel for the Corning Glass Works, and the Erie, The Lackawanna, the Lehigh Valley and the N. Y. Central railroads. From 1900-1919, 467 W. Gray St. was occupied by J. Barney Sammet, who was associated with Freudenheim, Levy & Lande, wholesale jewelers. During the 1920's, Thomas Mooreland, a manager of the Willis-Morrow Co., lived in 467 W. Gray St.. Mrs. Seewart occupied the other unit. Other occupants included: salesmen, clerks, and auditor (Sidney E. Brown), a podiatrist, and May Stewart, daughter of Elizabeth Stewart (1935-1950)