Andrew Dickson White House

The Andrew Dickson White House, commonly referred to as the "A.D. White House," is a High Victorian Gothic house on the campus of Cornell University, designed by William Henry Miller and Charles Babcock.[2] It houses the Cornell University Society for the Humanities.

White, Andrew Dickson, House
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White's mansion
Andrew Dickson White House is located in New York
Andrew Dickson White House
Andrew Dickson White House is located in the United States
Andrew Dickson White House
LocationIthaca, New York
Coordinates42°26′53.78″N 76°28′56.73″W / 42.4482722°N 76.4824250°W / 42.4482722; -76.4824250Coordinates: 42°26′53.78″N 76°28′56.73″W / 42.4482722°N 76.4824250°W / 42.4482722; -76.4824250
ArchitectWilliam Henry Miller; Charles Babcock
Architectural styleGothic
NRHP reference #73001278[1]
Added to NRHPDecember 4, 1973

The house was commissioned in 1871 by Andrew Dickson White, 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.[3] White left the house to the university for the perpetual use of its 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.[4] 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.[3] Since the construction of a new Johnson museum, the house has been used for offices of the Humanities Society.


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. January 23, 2007.
  2. ^ "A.D. White House Facility Information". Retrieved 2017-09-30.
  3. ^ a b "Cornell University Society for the Humanities: History of the Andrew Dickson White House". Archived from the original on 2007-06-09. Retrieved 2008-11-24.
  4. ^ "Cornell's Twelve Presidents: Deane Waldo Malott, President, 1951-1963". Retrieved 2008-11-24.

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