Historic President’s Home Restoration
Challenge Goal: $400,000
Near the turn of the twentieth century, Benjamin F. Ellis and Cyrus W. Ashcraft, along with family and friends, provided funding for the erection of the President’s Home as a memorial to Zadie Ellis Ashcraft, a Judson alumna of 1894. By 1910, the home was ready for occupancy. Since that time, it has been the home of eleven Judson presidents and has provided an ideal setting for receptions, teas, and dinners, as well as less formal occasions. The Colonial Revival-style home features a wide entrance hall with a grand staircase that parts to highlight a magnificent stained glass window called “A Flight to a Glorious Dawn,” the work of famed glassmaker Louis Comfort Tiffany.
Restorations to the home will accommodate housing for future Judson presidents and the continuation of hosting traditional events, such as the annual President’s Reception for incoming students. The scope of work includes a new roof and exterior paint, as well as trim and masonry repair. Interior upgrades include carpeting, flooring, and kitchen and bathroom upgrades, restoration of the Tiffany window, and installation of a new HVAC system.