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The College of Arts Sciences

The A.D. White House

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The Society is housed in the historic home of Cornell's first president and co-founder, Andrew Dickson White, who had the Victorian villa built in 1871 for his use as university president. 

By restoring the home-like character of the first floor rooms, the Society for the Humanities has created a welcoming background for fellowship programs, university lectures, seminars, conferences, luncheons, receptions, and dinners. The two front rooms are used during the academic year as classrooms. During the summer, the Andrew Dickson White House provides space for special programs, while also hosting the internationally-renowned School of Criticism and Theory. It is also widely known as a splendid facility for wedding ceremonies and receptions. Over the south wing of the building there is a combined seminar room/reference library used by Society Fellows. The many bedrooms on the second and third floors have been converted into studies that now house the Society Fellows, the Director of the Society, and administrative staff.

Click here to download a PDF version of the detailed history of the A.D. White House.

Rental Information

The Andrew Dickson White House is available for conferences, receptions, dinners and special events with priority accorded to Cornell's Humanities Departments and the Arts College administration.

Please refer to this pdf for detailed information regarding our event space.  

To request an event reservation for a Cornell-affiliated event, please submit this form.

Wedding receptions and other non-Cornell, non-academic events may be scheduled during the summer months.  For more information regarding private event booking and rates, please contact us at

Humanities Events Co-sponsorship

For information about support for humanities events on the Ithaca campus, click here.