Irving Langmuir House

Coordinates: 42°48′55″N 73°55′11″W / 42.8152°N 73.9196°W / 42.8152; -73.9196
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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
Interactive map showing the Langmuir House location
Location1176 Stratford Road, Schenectady, New York
Coordinates42°48′55″N 73°55′11″W / 42.8152°N 73.9196°W / 42.8152; -73.9196
Arealess than one acre
Builtca. 1900 (1900)
Architectural styleColonial Revival
Part ofGeneral Electric Realty Plot (ID80002763)
NRHP reference No.76001275
Significant dates
Added to NRHPJanuary 7, 1976[2]
Designated NHLJanuary 7, 1976[1]
Designated CPNovember 18, 1980[2]

The Irving Langmuir House is a historic house at 1176 Stratford Road in Schenectady, New York. Built about 1900, it was the home of physicist-chemist Irving Langmuir, winner of the 1932 Nobel Prize in Chemistry during his research career with General Electric. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1976.[1][3]

Description and history[edit]

The Irving Langmuir House is located 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. It is located on the east side of Stratford Road, a short way north of Rugby Road. 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 at the time of its landmark designation almost two decades later. Langmuir worked at GE's Schenectady research laboratory in 1909, where he performed basic research in a wide array of areas of physics and chemistry. He retired in 1950, having won numerous awards, most prominently the 1932 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work in surface chemistry.[3]

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  1. ^ a b "Irving Langmuir House". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. 2007-09-12. Archived from the original on 2011-06-05. Retrieved 2007-09-13.
  2. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  3. ^ a b c James Sheire (July 1975). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Irving Langmuir House" (pdf). National Park Service. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help) and Accompanying photo, exterior, from 1975 (729 KB)