Ormonde (Cazenovia, New York)

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Ormonde (Cazenovia, New York) is located in New York
Ormonde (Cazenovia, New York)
Nearest city Cazenovia, New York
Coordinates 42°57′20″N 75°51′41″W / 42.95556°N 75.86139°W / 42.95556; -75.86139Coordinates: 42°57′20″N 75°51′41″W / 42.95556°N 75.86139°W / 42.95556; -75.86139
Area 2.4 acres (0.97 ha)
Built 1885-88
Architect Furness & Evans; Furness,Frank
Architectural style Colonial Revival, Queen Anne, Shingle Style
Governing body Private
MPS Cazenovia Town MRA
NRHP Reference # 91000866[1]
Added to NRHP July 15, 1991

Ormonde (1885–88) is a Shingle Style country house built on the eastern shore of Cazenovia Lake in Cazenovia, New York. It was designed by architect Frank Furness for George R. Preston, a New Orleans banker who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The 9-bedroom "summer cottage" was originally the centerpiece of a 300-acre (121.4 ha) estate, that was expanded to 400 acres (161.8 ha) early in the 20th century. The carriagehouse and other buildings have since been demolished, and the land subdivided, leaving the main house and boathouse on 2.4 acres (1 ha).

The boathouse's design is unusual: a square stone ground floor at lake's edge supporting a circular shingled second floor, ringed by a 360-degree deck. It relates to Furness's Undine Barge Club (1882–83) on Philadelphia's Boathouse Row, and the architect's own summer cottage, Idlewild (c. 1890), in Media, Pennsylvania.

The property was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991.[1] In addition to the main house and boathouse, it includes one non-contributing building.

Ormonde is "architecturally and historically important as an outstanding early example of the type of large mansions constructed chiefly as summer residences by wealthy clients in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries near the shores of Cazenovia Lake in central New York."[2]

It followed Cedar Cove, designed by architect George Browne Post, the first "summer cottage" built on the lake. Others included Notleymere, designed by architect Robert W. Gibson; Scrooby, designed by architect Robert S. Stephenson; and Shore Acres, designed by architect Stanford White.

Ormonde is part of the Cazenovia Town Multiple Resource area.[3]


  • George E. Thomas, Jeffrey A. Cohen, & Michael J. Lewis, Frank Furness: The Complete Works (New York, Princeton Architectural Press, 1996), pp. 242, 251, 295.
  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ Kathleen LaFrank and James Warren (December 1990). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Ormonde". Retrieved 2010-02-18.  and Accompanying six photos, exterior and interior, undated
  3. ^ Todd, Nancy (August, 1985), National Register of Historic Places Multiple Property Documentation: Cazenovia Town Multiple Resource Area PDF (32 KB), National Park Service  . (Note: This is overview portion of MRA document, omitting sections on separate individual elements.)