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Irving Langmuir House

Irving Langmuir House
Front elevation, 2008
Irving Langmuir House
Location 1176 Stratford Road, Schenectady, New York

42°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

Built ca. 1900
Architectural style Colonial Revival
Governing body Private
Part of General Electric Realty Plot (#80002763)
NRHP Reference # 76001275
Significant dates
Added to NRHP January 7, 1976 [1]
Designated NHL January 7, 1976 [2]
Designated CP November 18, 1980[1]

The Irving Langmuir House 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 Schenectady, 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]

The house was probably built ca. 1900. Langmuir moved in in 1919, and lived 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]


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