Charles Elmendorf Residence Site

The Benham House in downtown Penn Yan, for some years the residence of prominent citizen, longtime dentist, and freethinker Charles Elmendorf.

The Benham House, Penn Yan’s grandest hotel when erected circa 1858, served as the residence of dentist and freethinker Charles 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.