2 Ridgewood Road

Cornell Heights Historic District Driving Tour

2 Ridgewood Road

Ithaca, New York 14850, United States

Created By: Ithaca Heritage

Point of Interest Details

From the early days of the university, the number of fraternities at Cornell has been exceptional--a result of an early administrative decision by university president and co-founder, Andrew Dickson White, that the university not provide dormitory facilities for men. The Albany Argus, in a special supplement on Cornell fraternities published in 1899, noted that “Probably at no college or university in the country are Greek letter fraternities more numerous than at Cornell, numbering with the sororities about thirty.” This unusual, Moorish-influenced house was built in 1921 for Phi Delta Theta fraternity, which has occupied it ever since.

This point of interest is part of the tour: Cornell Heights Historic District Driving Tour


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