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White, Andrew Dickson, House
U.S. National Register of Historic Places
White's mansion
Andrew Dickson White House is located in New York
Location: Ithaca, New York
Coordinates: 42°26′53.78″N 76°28′56.73″W / 42.4482722°N 76.482425°W / 42.4482722; -76.482425Coordinates: 42°26′53.78″N 76°28′56.73″W / 42.4482722°N 76.482425°W / 42.4482722; -76.482425
Built/Founded: 1871
Architect: William Henry Miller; Charles Babcock
Architectural style(s): Gothic
Governing body: Private
Added to NRHP: December 4, 1973
NRHP Reference#: 73001278[1]
Cornell AD White house 2.jpg

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.

The Big Red Barn, directly east of the mansion

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]




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