1890 House Museum and Center for Victorian Art

1890 House MuseumAddress: 37 Tompkins Street, Cortland NY 13045

Phone: (607) 756-7551



12-4 pm Thursday - Saturday with guided tours beginning at 12:15, 1:15, 2:15, and 3:15 pm. Admission charge. Children under 12 and members free. Special group tours are also available.


Grand limestone mansion was built at the height of the "Gilded Age" by successful wire manufacturer Chester F. Wickwire. The lavish interior of the 30 room mansion features parquet floors, jewel-like stained glass windows, ornate decorative stenciling and oak and cherry woodwork. The massive limestone castle is the highlight of Cortland's Historic District and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Visit the museum's 4-room orientation center, then explore the towers and turrets, and nooks and crannies of this captivating structure. The museum grounds also feature landscaped lawns and a stately two story carriage barn.