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Andrew Dickson White House

White, Andrew Dickson, House
White's mansion
Andrew Dickson White House is located in New York
Andrew Dickson White House
Location Ithaca, New York
Built 1871
Architect William Henry Miller; Charles Babcock
Architectural style Gothic
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 73001278[1]
Added to NRHP December 4, 1973

The Andrew Dickson White House, commonly referred to as the "A.D. White House," is a Second Empire house on the campus of Cornell University, designed by William Henry Miller and Charles Babcock. It currently houses the Cornell University Society for the Humanities.

The house was commissioned in 1871 by Andrew Dickson White, its namesake, and co-founder and first president of the university. The house is richly decorated with stone carvings according to White's tastes, intended to remind students of men's accomplishments and inspire them to higher purpose and an appreciation of beauty.[2] White left the house to the university for the perpetual use of later presidents. Presidents still use the study on the southeast side of the building as a private office/retreat.

In 1953, the house was renovated for use as the University Art Museum, and its carriage house converted into what is now the Big Red Barn, a graduate student lounge.[3] It served in this role until 1973, and was considered for demolition. Henry Guerlac, Director of the university's Society for the Humanities, led the cause to prevent its destruction and have it placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.[1] The house library is now called the Guerlac Room in his honor.[2]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places.  
  2. ^ a b "Cornell University Society for the Humanities: History of the Andrew Dickson White House". Retrieved 2008-11-24. 
  3. ^ "Cornell’s Twelve Presidents: Deane Waldo Malott, President, 1951-1963". Retrieved 2008-11-24. 

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