Sheldon House was willed to the City of Jamestown in trust for Jamestown Community College by Julia Sheldon Livengood. Mrs. Livengood died in 1980 after retiring from a life of community service in Jamestown.
Mrs. Livengood's grandfather, Porter Sheldon, founded the American Aristotype Company, a photographic manufacturing company based in Jamestown. Her father, Ralph C. Sheldon, served as president of the company until it was acquired by Eastman Kodak Co.
Through the generous assistance of the Sheldon Foundation, the Sheldon family, and other local interests, Sheldon House has been renovated so community residents, as well as the college, can make greater use of it.
Rental fees help offset some of the operating expenses of Sheldon House, and with the continuing support of community residents and organizations who use the home, the college provides the community with a comfortably elegant home atmosphere for recitals, small weddings and receptions, anniversaries, birthday celebrations, training seminars, workshops, and retreats.
Reservation application forms are available through JCC's buildings and grounds department. You can contact them at 716.338.1002 or via e-mail using this contact form. Completed applications with security deposit must be submitted no later than 15 days prior to the reservation date. Tentative bookings unconfirmed by the 15-day deadline will be dropped from the calendar, and that date will be considered for other requests.
All non-college events are scheduled so as not to conflict with the college's educational mission.
Appointments for viewing the facility may be made with the Sheldon House resident manager at 716.664.7013 or via e-mail using this contact form.
Weddings with or without receptions may be booked year-round.
The driveway entrance is on Falconer St. and provides access to the main parking lot, which will accommodate approximately 35 cars. For safety, the driveway has been planned for one-way traffic moving from the Falconer St. entrance to the Lakeview Ave. exit.
A second, smaller parking lot, accommodating approximately 15 cars and with its own entrance, is located off Lakeview Ave.
Parking in the driveway is not permitted except for loading and unloading and for caterers, vendors, and the Sheldon House resident manager.
Sheldon House is located at 9 Falconer St., Jamestown.
To reach Sheldon House, take Exit 12 on the Southern Tier Expressway (I-86). Head south on North Main St. to Buffalo St. Turn left onto Buffalo St. At the first light on Buffalo St., take a right onto Lakeview Ave. Sheldon House is located on the northeast corner of Lakeview Ave. and Falconer St. JCC's Jamestown Campus is approximately seven blocks from Sheldon House on Falconer St.