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Westwood Manor (West Lafayette, Ind.)



  • Existence: 1971-

Historical Information

The Westwood Manor was built in the 1932 and was the private home of Robert B. Stewart, the vice president for business and finance. In 1954, part of the land was deeded to the University and was used by the Department of Horticulture and Forestry and Conservation. Stewart later donated the home and grounds to the University after his retirement in 1971. At the time it was donated, it was was 6,959 square feet and valued at $1 million. The house was then remodeled and became the president's residence. In 1995 the Garden Room, a large hexagonal room with floor to ceiling windows, was added to the home. This room added an extra 10,000 square feet for entertaining guests. Since its donation to the university, four university presidents have lived at the Westwood manner. In 2007 the manor was renovated before President France A. Córdova and her husband, Chris Foster, moved in. The first level is dominated by spaces designed for large-scale entertaining, including two living rooms, a garden room, catering kitchen, breakfast and dining rooms, a guest bedroom, and four bathrooms. The second floor is the family quarters, which includes three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a study and a storage room. The partially finished basement includes a recreation room, a room for spill-over guest events, laundry and dish-washing rooms, a half-bath, and storage space.


Westwood Manor. Purdue Campus Facilities and Buildings Historic Database. Accessed May 27, 2020.