Before being moved to South Hill, Ithaca College enjoyed a rich history in the city’s downtown. For decades, students, faculty and staff were intertwined with local residents, living in dorms and houses in the heart of the city. Now, more than 50 years after the college’s footprint left downtown, a new virtual exhibit showcases IC’s unique roots.
“Ithaca College in the Downtown Era” is a collaboration between the Ithaca College library and the Community Arts Partnership ArtSpace, which is located in the Tompkins Center for History and Culture on the Commons.
The exhibit features an array of archival images from long-time Ithaca College photographer C. Hadley Smith and other photographers. Some of the images date back to the early 1900s, and include photographs of dormitories with familiar names like Landon House, Williams Hall and Egbert Hall. There are also images of buildings that have either been demolished or gradually repurposed over time.