- En suite bath with shower
- Hair dryer and bath products
- Kitchenette space with microwave and refrigerator
- 1 queen and 1 full size pillow top beds
- Choice of firm or soft pillows
- 1 queen size sleeper sofa
- Separate sitting area
- Room level control of heating and cooling
- Free WiFi
- (No TV or phone)
Elisabeth Smith Ford’s story
After Clara Brackett died in 1927, the house passed to her daughter, Elisabeth Smith Ford, Class of 1915. Ford attended graduate school at Columbia University after Cornell and worked a short time for the Cedar Rapids Gazette. She met and married fellow journalist Andrew Ford. He was night editor of the New York Sun and she worked as a reporter for the New York Evening Telegram. She began her career at the paper writing a school column, and later covered the crime beat. She abhorred subways and walked to many of her assignments against the advice of colleagues who warned her of the dangers unaccompanied women faced walking in the city. During her time in New York, she published two novels based on her childhood in Mount Vernon, "No Hour of History" (1940) and "Amy Ferraby's Daughter" (1944).
Since she was living in New York, Ford offered the home to one of her grade school teachers, Clara Blinks, as a permanent home. Ford died in 1944 at age 51. Her will stipulated that Blinks could live in the home as long as she lived, with the deed to the home passing to Cornell on Blinks' death, which occurred in 1952.