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463 West Gray Street
This grand home was originally built in the Eastern Stick style in 1876, designed by Eugene B. Gregory, a prominent local architect, specializing in Stick style houses. The house was then sold to Irving Denman Booth (1843-1914). I. D. Booth founded a ''heavy hardware' wholesale company in 1875. The I. D. Booth, Inc. serviced the railroad and other heavy industries in the city. The company continues as a wholesale plumbing and electrical firm to this day. I. D. Booth held civic posts including city alderman and fire commissioner, as well as director of the Arnot-Ogden Hospital, Commissioner of Civil Defense in 1918, director of the Second National Bank, and sat on the Elmira College Board of Trustees. In 1925, the house was passed on to Wilfred I. Booth, who made significant alterations to the house. The remodeling to its present Tudor style was accomplished by Frederick H. Johnston, a prominent builder in Elmira during that time. He built commercial, industrial and residential buildings throughout the city, including the Elmira Country Club, and many of the sprawling mansions in the Strathmont Park neighborhood. Wilfred l. Booth was noted for his Chocolate company “Queen City Chocolate Drops” in 1890, which enjoyed a national market until the firm's demise during the great depression. In 1937, Michael Danaher, a lawyer, purchased the house from Booth, and converted the house to apartments.
We purchased this property in 2011, and it quickly became one of our showcase properties. The building is made up of a massive 2-bed 2-bath apartment on the first floor, featuring two gas fireplaces, a large wood-beam ceiling dining room, and designer kitchen. The upper floors contain three gorgeous one-bedroom apartments, each with their own unique layout and historic features, as well as large communal library area at the top of the grand staircase. All utilities are included in this building's rent!
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