Built in 1901 on land originally owned by Laura Fitch, Grace Parcell’s house is the only Dutch Colonial Revival-style house on West Lake Street. Its residents have included members of the Morris, Day, Warner, Hannah and Parcells families. I admire its modesty, its outlines, its wooden shingles, and most of all, I admire Grace Parcells.
When I first came to Skaneateles in 1998, I took long walks through the village, drinking in the remarkable beauty. I saw Grace often, riding her bicycle to and from her little house on the lake. One sunny afternoon, as she passed, I called out, “You are an inspiration to me.” She laughed and rolled her eyes. I love this house, and I cherish that memory.
A snapshot from the 1952 Appraisal Report by William A. Maloney & Associates, courtesy of the Skaneateles Historical Society