Design for New, Rebuilt Chapter House Unveiled

The Chapter House’s architects presented a preliminary design plan to rebuild the iconic pub to the Ithaca Landmarks Preservation Commission at their Sept. 22 meeting, taking the first step towards redevelopment of the fire-damaged property. The plans include a complete replacement of the 400-404 Stewart Ave. building that once housed the Chapter House on its first floor and apartments on its second and third floors. Bryan McCracken, historic preservation planner for the City of Ithaca, explained that initial plans to preserve parts of the original building were deemed unfeasible after a second inspection of the property.