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A.D. White House

Exterior view of the AD White House at Cornell University.

The Andrew Dickson White House is a High Victorian Gothic house on the campus of Cornell University. It houses the Cornell University Society for the Humanities. 


27 East Avenue, Ithaca, NY 14853


The entire A.D. White House event space is subject to a capacity of 150 people total, including events using the outdoor spaces. The Guerlac Room can comfortably hold up to 50 people for lectures. No food or beverage is permitted in this room. The Dining Room can accommodate 18 guests for a seated meal. Room 110 can accommodate up to 40 guests (32 fit more comfortably - four tables with eight guests each) for a seated meal. Standing receptions are recommended not to exceed 80 guests.

The A.D. White House is fully ADA accessible on the ground floor of the building. There is an accessible entrance at the back door, as well as an accessible restroom on the ground floor.

Rental Fee

The 2022 rental fee is $1250 for up to eight hours. There are additional charges for any staffing, catering, or rentals. Conference & Event Services will work with you on the specifics for your event to provide a full quote.


The A.D. White House can accommodate events while classes are in session:

  • Mondays - Thursdays: 4:30pm-10:00pm

  • Fridays - Saturdays: 8:00am-10:00pm
  • Sundays: please inquire for availability. Private events such as wedding receptions are only scheduled during the summer months as availability allows.


The Andrew Dickson White House was designed by William Henry Miller and Charles Babcock. The house was commissioned in 1871 by Andrew Dickson White, co-founder and first president of Cornell University.

The house’s richly decorated stone carvings intend to remind students of their accomplishments and inspire them to a 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 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. 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 the construction of a new Johnson museum, the house has been used for offices of the Society for the Humanities.