International House of New York
|Founders||John D. Rockefeller, Jr., Cleveland Hoadley Dodge, Harry Edmonds|
|Focus||Educational and cross cultural collaboration and leadership training|
|Current 700 residents, 65,000 alumni|
|Location||500 Riverside Drive, New York, New York|
|Area||1.5 acres (0.61 ha)|
|Architect||Louis E. Jallade; Marc Eidlitz and Sons|
|NRHP reference #||99001129|
|Added to NRHP||September 10, 1999|
International House New York, also known as I-House, is a private, non-profit residence and program center for graduate students, scholars engaging in research, trainees and interns. I-House's 700 resident members live in a diverse residential community that promotes mutual respect, friendship, and leadership skills across cultures and fields of study. Informal daily interaction among its residents combine with specially designed programs, facilities and residential life to foster diversity of thought and experience. International House has been known to attract prominent guest speakers through the years, from Eleanor Roosevelt and Isaac Stern to Sandra Day O'Connor and Nelson Mandela.
Students attend various universities and schools throughout the City of New York, including Columbia University, Juilliard School, Actors' Studio Drama School, New York University, the Manhattan School of Music, the Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York, Teachers College, Columbia University, and the City University of New York, among others.
Housing 700 students from over 100 countries (with about one-third of those coming from the United States), International House is located at 500 Riverside Drive, next to Riverside Park in the historic Morningside Heights neighborhood of Manhattan near Columbia University and other educational institutions. The original entrance to International House is inscribed with the motto written by John D. Rockefeller, Jr.: "That Brotherhood May Prevail"; the piazza (The Abby O'Neill Patio) of its entrance opens onto Sakura Park, the site of Japan's original gift of cherry trees to New York City in 1912.
The 500 Riverside Drive building, designed in the Italianite style by architects Louis E. Jallade and Marc Eidlitz and Sons, was built in 1924 and was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places as International House in 1999.
The initial impetus for forming I-House occurred when, after a chance encounter with a lonely Chinese graduate student at Columbia University in 1909, YMCA official Harry Edmonds, began efforts to obtain funding to establish the House in order to foster relationships between students from different countries. International House opened its doors in 1924 with funding from John D. Rockefeller, Jr. (who later funded identical houses at the University of Chicago and the University of California at Berkeley), as well as the Cleveland Hoadley Dodge family. Other Rockefeller family members to have served on the board of trustees include Abby Aldrich Rockefeller. John D. Rockefeller III, David and Peggy Rockefeller, David Rockefeller, Jr., Abby M. O'Neill, and Peter M.O'Neill.
International House was one of the first of many international houses in a global movement to create a diverse environment for international students seeking to further their education. John D. Rockefeller, Jr. built International Houses at Berkeley, Chicago, and Paris prior to World War II. Other cities with international houses include: Philadelphia, Harrisburg, San Diego, and Washington, D.C., United States; Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, Darwin, and Wollongong, Australia; Alberta, Canada; Auckland, New Zealand; and London, England.
The chairman of the Board of Trustees is longtime diplomat and businessman Ambassador Frank G. Wisner. The Chairman of the Board's Executive Committee is William D. Rueckert, a member of the Dodge family, whose generous gifts contributed to the development of both International House and the Columbia University Teachers College. I-House's current president is Calvin Sims, a former Program Officer at The Ford Foundation and foreign correspondent for The New York Times.
Trustees and Board Members
Current Chairman of the Board
- David Rockefeller, Honorary Chairman
- Henry A. Kissinger
- Abby M. O'Neill
- Daisy M. Soros '51
- Paul A. Volcker
- John C. Whitehead
Chairman of the Executive Committee
- William D. Rueckert - Oyster Management Group, LLC
Past Chairmen of the Board
- George W. Wickersham
- Henry L. Stimson
- George C. Marshall
- John J. McCloy
- Charles W. Yost
- George W. Ball
- Henry A. Kissinger
- Gerald R. Ford
- John C. Whitehead
- Paul A. Volcker
Past Honorary Chairman
An estimated 65,000 individuals have lived in I-House from around the world. Among the more notable alumni are:
- Chinua Achebe, Nigerian writer, author of Things Fall Apart
- Pina Bausch, German choreographer
- Leonard Cohen, poet and songwriter
- Shelby Cullom Davis, U.S. investment banker, Ambassador to Switzerland
- Kiran Desai, Indian author and novelist
- Mark Eyskens, Prime Minister of Belgium
- James P. Gorman, Chairman and CEO of Morgan Stanley
- Jorge Ibargüengoitia, Mexican novelist
- Burl Ives, Academy Award-winning actor
- Jerzy Kosinski, Polish-born writer, author of Being There
- Wassily Leontief, winner of the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences
- Flora Lewis, New York Times journalist
- Benjamin Mkapa, former President, Tanzania
- Mark Mathabane, South African-born writer, author of Kaffir Boy
- Ashley Montague, British anthropologist
- Vikram Pandit, Chairman & CEO, Citigroup
- Dale Peck, US writer, novelist, and literary critic
- I.M. Pei, Chinese-born architect
- Hans-Gert Poettering, former President, European Parliament
- Leontyne Price, opera star
- Carlo Rubbia, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics
- David Sainsbury, British businessman, philanthropist, Labour cabinet minister
- Edward J. Sparling, Founder, Roosevelt University, Chicago
- Sydney Taurel, Chairman & CEO, Eli Lilly
- Shirley Verrett, opera star
- Pamella D'Pella, actress
- Ariane Morin, Swiss law professor
- International House Berkeley
- International Students House, London
- International Student House of Washington, D.C.
- Goodenough College, London
- International House, UC San Diego
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