A frame house of salt-box design, it was originally built to house staff who worked on the Gibbon’s estate which is now Drew University. The exterior of the cottage, including its porch, was renovated in 2001.
HistoryOne of the original buildings on the Gibbons' estate, Sycamore Cottage was used as the caretaker's home. In the early years of the Seminary it was occupied by the Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds.
The clapboard building has an open porch in the front and a second floor entrance porch on the side, which is reminiscent of some southern houses with which Gibbons would have been familiar.