Irving Langmuir House

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Irving Langmuir House
Irving Langmuir House 2008.jpg
Front elevation, 2008
Irving Langmuir House is located in New York
Irving Langmuir House
Irving Langmuir House is located in the United States
Irving Langmuir House
Location1176 Stratford Road, Schenectady, New York
Coordinates42°48′58.44″N 73°55′9.08″W / 42.8162333°N 73.9191889°W / 42.8162333; -73.9191889Coordinates: 42°48′58.44″N 73°55′9.08″W / 42.8162333°N 73.9191889°W / 42.8162333; -73.9191889
Builtca. 1900
Architectural styleColonial Revival
Part ofGeneral Electric Realty Plot (#80002763)
NRHP reference #76001275
Significant dates
Added to NRHPJanuary 7, 1976 [1]
Designated NHLJanuary 7, 1976 [2]
Designated CPNovember 18, 1980[1]

The Irving Langmuir House, in Schenectady, New York, was the home of physicist-chemist Irving Langmuir, winner of the 1932 Nobel Prize during his research career with General Electric. It was declared a National Historic Landmark (NHL) in 1976.[2][3] The Irving Langmuir house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on January 7, 1976.[1]

It is located at 1176 Stratford Road, in the middle of a suburban area east of Union College known as the General Electric Realty Plot, a historic district to which it is a contributing property. The neighborhood is residential, with large houses dating to the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Architecturally, the house is unremarkable. It is a two-and-a-half-story building in a vernacular interpretation of the Colonial Revival style. The hipped roof is tiled in terra cotta and pierced by two almost symmetrical dormer windows. A columned porch covers the Palladian-style main entrance. The interior follows a basic central-hall plan.[3]

1975 view of house

The house was probably built ca. 1900. In 1919 Langmuir moved in, living there until his death in 1957. It was still in his family's hands when it was designated an NHL almost two decades later.[3]


  1. ^ a b c National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ a b "Irving Langmuir House". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. 2007-09-12.
  3. ^ a b c James Sheire (July 1975). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Irving Langmuir House" (pdf). National Park Service. and Accompanying photo, exterior, from 1975 (729 KB)