President's House

936 Main Street
12,137 Sq. Ft.

President's House, 2012
President’s House, 2012

About the President’s House

When this house came up for sale in 1858, Nathan Jackson, a wealthy landowner and distant relative of Ephraim Williams, offered the college $6000 to buy the property as a home for Williams’ presidents. The Trustees agreed that this was an opportunity too good to be overlooked. The house has undergone a number of renovations and additions, but over the years this elegant home has remained a well located and fitting residence for Williams College presidents.

Major Construction History

Date Project Cost
1801 Samuel Sloan House built (front part only)
woodwork imported from Boston
1954 Garage
Designed by: Peter P. Welanetz, PE
1961 Restoration $35,000
1977 Decoration and furnishing $35,000
1979 Refurnishing $35,000
1985 Renovation $170,300
1992 Repaint exterior $109,449
1996 New roof (damaged by hurricane winds) $74,962
2000-01 Upgrades $448,000
2007 Air conditioning $400,000