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President's Residence


Location and Current Use

The President's residence is in the South Central location, at coordinates G-5 on the campus map. It is marked as # 85 on the map.

The President's residence, located at 29 Park Place, currently is the home of Ohio University's President, Dr. Roderick McDavis, and his wife, Deborah McDavis.


History of Building

Built in 1899, the home was built for Clinton L. Poston, a wealthy coal mine owner and business executive. During the early 1920's the mansion became the home of Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Biddle. Mrs. Biddle was the daughter of C.L. Poston. From 1923 to 1925 the Biddles extensively remodeled the home. Ohio University acquired the property in 1951 from Mrs. Biddle. After some redecorating of the garage apartment and house, President and Mrs. John C. Baker moved into the house in 1952. The mansion was redecorated again in 1960 and extensive remodeling was done in 1995 under the direction of Mrs. Rene Glidden. The beautiful staircase was refinished by the Glidden family. President and Mrs. Robert Glidden moved into the house when the remodeling was completed.


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Dick Piccard revised this file (http://www.ohio.edu/athens/bldgs/presres.html) on April 26, 2013.
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