29 Elm Street Demolished

According to documents from alumni of Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity, the Myron Powell House / Lockwood House was the oldest house in Potsdam, probably built in 1832 by Mr. Parmelee. It was built in the Federal style with coursed stone front and sides, the back of the house constructed using random laid stone.  The basement walls were about two feet thick cobble and rubble sandstone and the walls were 1-2 feet thick, built to Potsdam Sandstone quarried from the Clarkson Pit.

The Lockwood family added the cobblestone porch in the early 1900's. source

Aldis Lockwood conveyed the property to Alpha Delta Kappa sorority for $1 as part of his last will and testament on August 10, 1933. 

Alpha in 1934
In 1968, Alpha sold the house to Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity for $36,500.

AEPi in 1970

In 1998, the Clarkson chapter of AEPi was dissolved due to lack of interest. The house was sold and in May 1998 it was demolished and a fire/police station was build on the property.  Demolition photos provided by the Potsdam Public Museum.


  1. Being reminded of this can ruin one's day.

  2. Kind of sad, I always thought that was an incredibly neat looking house, esp. the porch!