Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Fountain Place (President's House)

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Institution Name: Ithaca College
Original/Historic Place Name: Fountain Place
Location on Campus: Two Fountain Pl.
Date(s) of Construction:
1892original construction Miller, William H.
Designer: William H. Miller
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Romanesque revival, Victorian, Other (Glossary)
Significance: culture, education
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: stone
Walls: stone and wood frame
Roof: slate
ca. 1892-1938private residence
ca. 1938-presentpresident's house

The history of Fountain Place begins with its architect, William H. Miller, a Cornell University-trained designer who was nationally known and who made a significant contribution to Ithaca architecture. The building is a fine example of Richardsonian Romanesque, a style at which Miller excelled. The house contains rich detailing that is characteristic of the late Victorian era. It is a local landmark that is beautifully sited on the edge of one of Ithaca's scenic gorges, and although it is not a part of the South Hill campus, it is the oldest remaining, continuously used campus property.

In 1938, the College purchased this building from its original owners and restored it to its present glory. It has been home to five of Ithaca College's presidents, who have entertained countless numbers of faculty, students, and friends of the College.


Harcourt, John B. The Ithaca College Story. Ithaca, NY: Ithaca College, 1983.

Hodne, Scott. The History of Ithaca College. Ithaca, NY: Ithaca College, 1991.

Sasaki Associates Inc. Ithaca College Master Plan Report. [Watertown, MA: Sasaki Associates Inc.], 2002.


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