Another look at an impressive home

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One of the most notable architectural landmarks in our city is the historic 1858 Jervis House.

Once again, public tours of the Jervis House have resumed and continue on several afternoons and evenings through August, the Jervis Public Library announced.

The remaining afternoon tours are at 2:30 on Thursdays June 20, July 18, and August 15. Evening tours will be 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, and Tuesday, July 23. Tours begin at the Information Desk and last approximately one hour.

The tour will feature a walk-through of the home of library namesake and prominent 19th century civil engineer John Bloomfield Jervis (1795-1885), at 613 North Washington Street in Rome.

Jervis was born in Huntington, Long Island in 1795 and moved with his family as a 3-year-old to what was then called Fort Stanwix. After attending public schools, he began his career as an axeman and rodman on the Erie Canal, which broke ground in Rome in 1817.

Apprenticing under Benjamin Wright, the “father of American civil engineering,” Jervis eventually became superintendent of the eastern section of the Erie Canal.

He went on to have a successful career as chief engineer of the Croton Aqueduct, the first reliable water supply to New York City, which was used for much of the 19th century, as well as working as chief or consulting engineer on numerous early railroad and canal projects throughout the eastern United States.

Jervis designed his Greek Revival-style house, which he bequeathed along with his personal library to the city of Rome to establish a public library. Jervis Public Library opened to the public in 1895. No registration is necessary.

A look at this impressive edifice is well worth the time, and you can combine a tour with your library visit.

For more information, contact Reference Librarian Lori Chien at 315-336-4570 or lchien@midyork.org, visit the library’s web site at www.jervislibrary.org, or “like” Jervis Public Library on Facebook.

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