An over 100-year-old home next to the Roberson mansion on Front Street and owned by the Roberson Museum is getting some much needed work to restore it and give it new life.

The Randall House will be getting $100,000 from the City of Binghamton to help Roberson’s plans to stabilize and rehabilitate the historic home.  

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The house at the intersection of Front and Leroy Streets on Binghamton's west side was built in the 1830s, is a registered landmark, is one of the oldest buildings in Binghamton and the past home for some prominent Binghamtonians, namely Daniel Leroy, John Collier and James Hawley… you may recognize them at least for the streets bearing their names.  

The house was sold to Roberson Museum in the 1960s by Hiram Randall, resulting in the white, clapboard home with stately Greek columns being named the "Randall House."

Kathy Whyte/WNBF News Roberson Director Michael Grasso
Kathy Whyte/WNBF News Roberson Director Michael Grasso

Roberson Museum and Science Center executive Director Michael Grasso says the house has been sitting vacant for years with the various additions to the original structure falling into various stages of decay.  Grasso says for a while they weren't sure what they were going to be able to do with the historic house that Roberson Museum is charged with preserving.

With the new partnership with an arts group and the infusing of finding from the City, the house that most recently served as galleries, retail and office space and is to become home to Discoveries in Sculpture’s studios following restoration. 

Rehabilitation will include repairs to the house's structural foundation and work to reinforce the 200-year-old wood beams.

Discoveries in Sculpture was established by Jerome Weinberger and "creates evocative sculptures from natural and man-made objects in the local environment."

The $100,000 for the restoration project from the City of Binghamton is coming from the Community Development Block Grant CDBG allocation.


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