2 Parkway Place
Year Built: 1911
Architect: Gustav Stickley
This Gustav Stickley home, the first home in Ithaca by the Craftsman architect, was built for the Peer family. Touted as an example of "cooperation between owner and architect," the Peer's grand residence appeared in a 1913 edition of The Craftsman magazine. The home's "long, low proportions and a certain amount of symmetry" clearly reflect the Craftsman style of architecture.
After Franklin Sherman Peer's death in 1922, his wife Harriet continued to live in the home with their son Sherman Peer, his wife Eleanor, and their two children. Sherman was an Ithaca lawyer active in village social and political affairs. He was best man for his friend Robert E. Treman, who married actress Irene Castle. The Tremans settled nearby at Greystone. Sherman, a 1906 Cornell grad, later served as Cornell provost for external affairs.