151 Main Street, Penn Yan, New York | Unmarked Location
The Benham House, Penn Yan’s grandest hotel when erected circa 1858, served as the residence of dentist and freethinkerCharles Elmendorf in his later years. It was named for its builder, one Dewitt Clinton Benham.
The structure had various owners for more than a century. In 1960, it was razed, to be replaced by the bank branch that occupies the site today. More information on the building and its site are available here.
The Benham House in downtown Penn Yan, for some years the residence of prominent citizen, longtime dentist, and freethinker Charles Elmendorf.
The Benham House site where Charles Elmendorf once resided is now occupied by this early-1960s bank branch.
During the years he lived at the Benham House, Charles Elmendorf enjoyed a very short commute. This photo, taken from the location of his dental practice at 124 Main, looks one block down Main Street. The bank branch now occupying the Benham site is partly visible, in front of the red brick Post Office with fan top windows.