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Since its inception in 1966, Historic Ithaca has been the voice for preservation advocacy in Ithaca and Tompkins County. This work is accomplished through the combined efforts of staff, board members and our community supporters. 


Historic Ithaca is frequently represented at municipal and community meetings to support preservation initiatives and oppose threats to important structures and neighborhoods and our staff have served on committees and task forces for various city, town, and county projects. We welcome inquiries and feedback from residents and neighborhood groups about projects that impact historic and older buildings, neighborhoods, and landscapes or otherwise affect the character of our Tompkins County communities. Contact Alphonse Pieper at or (607) 273-6633.


In some cases, Historic Ithaca has assumed ownership of threatened buildings in order to ensure their safety and restoration. The two flagship examples are the Clinton House and the State Theatre, once-threatened landmarks that are now vital anchors of our downtown. Our current headquarters, a rare surviving example of a timber-frame manufacturing building and an adjacent former neighborhood grocer, are next on our restoration “to-do” list!


As consultant to the City of Ithaca, HI has prepared documentation and nominations resulting in historic designation for individual buildings and districts, ensuring lasting protection for some of our most beloved historic places. In 1993, then-Preservation Director Lynn Truame worked with local state representatives and the Preservation League of NYS to pass the New York State Historic Property Tax Exemption, popularly known as the “Ithaca Bill.”

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