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Finger Lakes

Howe House Museum

66 Main St., Phelps, NY 14532

Phone: (315) 548-4940

The Howe residence was built in 1869 in the distinctive Second Empire Style. Elements of this style on this house are the slate mansard roof, dormers with elaborate surrounds, and symmetrical facade. The most interesting feature of the house is the unusual two story privy with its flared slate hipped roof and finial. This is one of very few examples of a a two story privy that still exists in the United States. The house is constructed of local brick with limestone lintels, water table, and foundation. Open Wednesday through Friday, 10AM-4PM or by appointment. Admission to the museum is free. Donations are greatly appreciated.