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Andrew Dickson White House

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Location  Ithaca, New York
NRHP Reference #  73001278
Area  9,308 m²
Architectural style  Gothic architecture
Built  1871
Opened  1871
Phone  +1 607-255-4086
Added to NRHP  4 December 1973
Andrew Dickson White House
Address  27 East Ave, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA
Architects  William Henry Miller, Charles Babcock
Similar  Hartung–Boothroyd Observatory, Cornell North Campus, Morrill Hall, Balch Hall, Bailey Hall

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 houses the Cornell University Society for the Humanities.

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. 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. 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. The house library is now called the Guerlac Room in his honor. Since construction of a new Johnson museum, the house has been used for offices of the Humanities Society.

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Andrew Dickson White House Wikipedia


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