The Ithaca Hotel was located at the east end of the present day Ithaca Commons. This image was drawn by the artist, and engraved by Peabody. Walton's illustrations of buildings throughout the Finger Lakes show a command of perspective and proportion. His first known published works were also architectural drawings, before he began to include portraits and miniatures. Although Walton had bought land in Michigan by 1840, he spent his summers in the Finger Lakes, as well as the Southern Tier and Northern Pennsylvania, continuing to gain prominence as a regional artist.
These Ithaca businesses are made inviting by a number of well dressed customers hanging about and a fine stage coach sitting by the door. Described in precise, fine lines, the image displays Walton's command of perspective and proportion. 7" X 7".