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520 West Church Street
This grand Dutch Colonial was built in 1868 for Mr. Purington Call. Call was a carriage-trimmer by trade, and in 1881 sold the house to the Hall Family of 303 W. Church Street, who rented out the home until 1905 when it was sold to the Reverend Arthur Rudd. When Grace Church was built just two blocks down the street in 1904, Reverend Rudd became the church's first minister. He was a chaplain in France during World War I, and worked in Russia in war prisoner relief. Popular with the Russians, he was made an honorary captain in the Russian army. In 1918, the house was sold to Frederick Hill, who was president of Elmira Water & Light at the time of its merger into New York Gas & Electric.
When we purchased the property in 2011, it was an a rough state after having been abandoned for several years. The home had remained a single family dwelling, but was far too large and impractical to remain that way. After a thorough renovation, the home now features two sprawling 3-bedroom apartments with hardwood floors, oak kitchen cabinetry, tile floor bathrooms, fireplaces, large, sunny rooms and ample closet space. Additional amenities and utilities at this building include laundry in each unit, off-street parking, water, sewer, and trash collection.
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