Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


President's Cottage

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Institution Name: Manhattanville College
Original/Historic Place Name: Ophir Castle Annex
Location on Campus:
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
pre- 1888original construction Unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style(s): (Glossary)
Foundation: stone
Walls: stone
Roof: slate (mansard roof)
ca. 1888-1949other (annex to Ophir Castle)
ca. 2005president's house

Significance: architecture, history
Landmark designation:
Narrative: see below
References: see below

The President's Cottage is part of the historic complex on the property. It predates Reid Hall and relates in style to the first Ophir Castle, suggesting a pre-1888 date. It is thought that during the rebuilding of Ophir Castle following the fire of 1888, this served as a temporary residence for family members. According to Whitelaw Reid, grandson, the annex at one time housed a squash court and a bowling alley.

In 1965, the college agreed to accept the Japan Pavilion, originally built for the New York World's Fair in Queens, as a gift. This was an actual physical structure built on site from specially designed lava stones. The college proposed to demolish it and reconstruct it on campus as a framework or enclosure for an academic building. When the project began, the contractors found that it was virtually impossible to disassemble the stones without destroying them. They salvaged as many stones as they could and made a sculpture garden in front of the President's Cottage.

I. Bibliographic sources:

Gold, Anne. Ophir Farm and Manhattanville College. Purchase, NY: Manhattanville College, 2005.

II. Location of other data:
University: Library, Special Collections, Unknown
—details: Director of Community Relations.

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