Boyd House was built in 1906 by OU's first president, David Ross Boyd. It was acquired by the university in 1914, following Boyd's departure from Oklahoma. The house became the home to several later university presidents, and hosted numerous significant historical figures, including Sir Alexander Fleming, John Philip Sousa, William Howard Taft, and Niels Bohr. However, as the years passed, OU's presidents began choosing to live off campus, and by the 1960s the building was utilized as administrative offices. Boyd House reopened as the presidential mansion in 1996 for current president Boren following an extensive renovation and expansion.