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Irving Langmuir House
U.S. Historic district
Contributing property
Irving Langmuir House 2008.jpg
Front elevation, 2008
Location 1176 Stratford Road, Schenectady, New York
Area less than one acre
Built ca. 1900 (1900)
Architectural style Colonial Revival
Part of General Electric Realty Plot (ID80002763)
NRHP reference No. 76001275
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Significant dates
Added to NRHP January 7, 1976
Designated NHL January 7, 1976
Designated CP November 18, 1980

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.

Description and history

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.

IrvingLangmuirHouse NPS 1975
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.

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