Andrew Dickson White House About the Rooms

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					Andrew Dickson White House                        About the Rooms

Martin Room: 23’ x 15’                            The present dining room was installed in 1953. This recon-
dining room table: 5’ x 5’ with seven 1’ leaves   structed dining room was originally part of the New York
small octagonal table: 3’6” x 3’6”                City home of Peter Cooper, the 19th century industrialist.
                                                  The elaborately hand-carved oak wall and door paneling is
                                                  Flemish, inscribed with the date “1655.” The allegorical mu-
                                                  ral incorporated into the woodwork is 17th or 18th century
                                                  and came from the Venetian palace on the Grand Canal. The
                                                  ceiling is Moorish and later in date than the paneling. The
                                                  dining room is used for serving food for buffet dinners and
                                                  receptions, as well as seated dinners for up to 20 guests.

Andrew D. White Room (room 110): 28’6” x 18’ 6”   The large parlor to the left of the front door, now called the
eight tables: 5’ x 2’6”                           Andrew D. White Room (room 110), originally served as a
small round table: 3’ x 3’                        music room. The heavily carved pieces on the inside wall
                                                  came from the estate of White’s daughter Karin. This room
                                                  was the formal living room during the early years, and the
                                                  weddings of White’s daughters, Clara and Ruth, took place
                                                  here against the background of the bay window. A broad
                                                  veranda extends along the north side of the room. It is now
                                                  used as a classroom, and is available for conferences and
                                                  seminars as well as seated dinners for up to 32 guests.

Bullis Room (room 109): 18’ 6’’ X 18’             Directly across the hall from the Andrew D. White Room is
four tables: 7’ x 2’6”                            a smaller parlor, originally called the morning room, which
                                                  served the White family as an informal family room. It has
                                                  been named the Bullis Room (room 109) in honor of Mr.
                                                  Gardner Bullis. The doors between the morning room and
                                                  the former library (Guerlac Room) may be closed for privacy
                                                  or opened to form an archway between the two rooms. This
                                                  room is now used as a classroom, and is available for confer-
                                                  ences and seminars as well as seated dinners for up to 24
                                                  guests.

Guerlac Room: 43’ x 18’ 6”                        The original library is now called the Guerlac Room, in hon-
                                                  or of Henry Guerlac, Director of the Society for the Humani-
                                                  ties (1970 – 1977). Guerlac was instrumental in saving the
                                                  A.D. White House from destruction in the 1970s by applying
                                                  for and receiving National Historical Registry status for the
                                                  building. Under his direction, the restoration of the build-
                                                  ing and the acquisition of the furniture were accomplished
                                                  through many contributions. The Guerlac Room can accom-
                                                  modate fifty people for seminars, conferences and lectures,
                                                  and is used for standing receptions. Wedding ceremonies of
                                                  fewer than 60 guests may be held in the Guerlac Room.
Conservatory: 15’6” x 13’
serving table: 8’6” x 3’                          Opening from an east door of the Guerlac Room is the con-
                                                  servatory. Built in the angle between the old library and the
                                                  dining room, it affords a fine view of the gardens. In 1989,
                                                  the Class of 1952 donated funds to restore the conservatory
                                                  and maintain it with plants and orchids. The conservatory is
                                                  presently supplied and maintained by Greg Heist of A New
                                                  Leaf. French doors from the conservatory open to the patio
                                                  and gardens behind the house. The conservatory is used for
                                                  serving beverages for dinners and receptions.
                                     Guidelines for use of the Andrew D. White House

Catering:
•	 Caterers are required for all functions.
•	 The name of the caterer and his/her arrival time should be given at the time of reservation.
•	 The caterer is responsible for set up and clean up of event.
•	 The caterer or client is responsible for supplying linens and catering supplies as well as renting tables and chairs to be
    used outside.

Furniture:
•	 The caterer is responsible for arrangement of furniture.
•	 No furniture or artwork can be removed from individual rooms. Caterers should plan around furniture in place.
•	 Only rented tables and chairs can be used outdoors. No chairs or tables that belong to ADW can be brought outside.
•	 All tables used for serving or dining must be covered with table cloths (supplied by caterer). The dining room table must
   be protected by pads and a cloth at all functions.
•	 No tents, tables or chairs are allowed in the upper garden above the steps.

Music & Entertainment:
•	 Dancing is not allowed inside the A.D. White House. Dancing is only permitted outside on the round patio in the
   lower garden. Dance floors may not be set up on the grass of the lower or upper gardens.
•	 The piano in the Guerlac Room may be used with prior permission. Clients must bear the cost for tuning the piano if
   they wish to have it tuned.
•	 Bands may set up on the presidential porch of the A.D. White House. Solo musicians and smaller groups may set up
   inside the house.

Serving & Dining:
•	 Food and drinks may not be served in the Guerlac Room.
•	 Hors d’oeuvres for standing receptions should be served in the dining room.
•	 Buffet dinners should be served from the dining room with seating in rooms 109 and 110.
•	 Beverages should be served from the conservatory.

Available Equipment:
•	 projector and laptop
•	 Screens in Guerlac and rooms 109 and 110
•	 sound and video equipment (dvd/vcr/cd)
•	 microphone, podium and sound equipment in Guerlac Room

Available Chairs:
45 lecture chairs                         64 Bentwood Chairs                         44 classroom chairs




Other house guidelines:
•	 The fireplaces are not working fireplaces. Please do not use them.
•	 Candles are not permitted inside the A.D. White House.
•	 A security attendant is hired for all events and must be present. The security attendant’s primary responsibility is to
   maintain and protect the house. He or she is not responsible for setting up or cleaning up after your event.
•	 Cornell University requires a UUP approval to be filled out for every event held at the A.D. White House. UUP ap-
   proval website: http://www.activities.cornell.edu/eventreg/

You will be held responsible for the charges incurred by the Society for the repair, replacement or cleaning of furniture,
carpets, or other fixtures damaged or lost during your function.

				
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