Community Arts Partnership + Ithaca College – Walkable Tour, and Educational Videos!

CAP ArtSpace in the Ithaca College Gallery, Tompkins Center for History & Culture 

110 N. Tioga St. | CAP Website

Virtual Exhibit, Window Display, Walkable Tour, and Educational Videos!

The Ithaca College Library presents, Ithaca College in the Downtown Era

Ithacans may know Ithaca College by its dual towers at the top of South Hill, but that’s just part of the story. In actuality, the South Hill campus has only been the home to Ithaca College for the last 55 years. Prior to 1965, Ithaca College was located in downtown Ithaca.

In this exhibit, we’ll explore photographs of some of the buildings that comprised Ithaca College and its previous incarnations. 

Ithaca College began in 1892 as the Ithaca Conservatory of Music by local musician, W. Grant Egbert. The Conservatory grew during the following decades and was joined by affiliated schools: the Williams School of Expression and Dramatic Art(1898), the Ithaca Institute of Public Music (1910), the Ithaca School of Physical Education (1916), and the Conway Military Band School (1921). In 1926, the Ithaca Conservatory and Affiliated Schools (ICAS) was licensed by New York State to grant baccalaureate degrees, and in 1931 all of the school merged to become Ithaca College.”

The CAP ArtSpace is sponsored by the Tompkins Trust Company. 


“IC Then and Now” Parts I & II: Streaming 6pm Friday, September 4th at

“This first segment about Ithaca College’s downtown campus shows the buildings that served as the heart of the campus for both Ithaca Conservatory of Music and Ithaca College. Partially narrated by Dr. Mary Arlin, an alum and long time faculty member in the School of Music, this video.”

“This second part of IC Then and Now: The Downtown campus, covers the area of student life. The residence halls are featured, as are some of the regular student events from the downtown era. This video is partially narrated by Dr. Mary Arlin, IC alum and long-time faculty member in the School of Music.”


Downloadable walkable tour:


View Ithaca College in the Downtown Era virtual exhibit here: