President's Open House

Lullwater House


Hosted by President Claire E. Sterk and Dr. Kirk Elifson. Graduates, alumni, and their guests are invited to meet President Sterk and her husband Dr. Elifson and to tour Lullwater House on Sunday, May 13. The first tour begins at 11:30 a.m., and the last tour begins at 1:30 p.m.

A shuttle bus departs from Woodruff Circle near Emory University Hospital to take guests directly to Lullwater House. Guests driving to campus may park at the Michael Street Parking Deck - from there shuttle buses take guests to Lullwater. Shuttles return guests to both the Michael Street Deck and to Woodruff Circle (for connecting shuttle service). There is no available parking at the President's home.

The docent-guided tour includes the ground level of the house to showcase the living room, foyer, the "Candler Room" (the original master suite), four bathrooms with many original tile/fixtures, the formal and informal dining rooms. This floor also includes the kitchen, the 2005 extension which added the new great room and the recently renovated sunroom.

Weather permitting, the tour continues outside to the gardens and garage area with a view of the swimming pool. Guests depart with a bottle of Coke (while supplies last).

Notes and tips

No strollers are permitted inside the house during the tour (traffic moves in both directions down narrow hallways). There is a place to park strollers during the tour. All small children should be carried.

Food and drink are not permitted inside the house during the tour.  Bottled beverages may be carried as long as they remain sealed while inside.

In order to provide an opportunity for all to hear the docents' remarks, guests will be admitted in small groups. While the line moves quickly, during peak times guests may be waiting outside in the sun for a few minutes. If it is hot and sunny, we recommend hats and sunscreen.

This is a rain-or-shine tour.  In the event of rain, the tour will only include the inside areas of the property.

Non-commercial photography is permitted inside the house, though we ask guests to refrain from taking flash photography of any artwork.

The house restrooms cannot accommodate the nearly 600 guests who visit Lullwater during the tour.  In addition, these restrooms are part of the tour as they contain beautiful original marble work and fixtures. A portable restroom is available near the garage. We thank you in advance for understanding.

The last tour begins at 1:30 p.m. We are unable to accommodate tours after that time.

Inside Lullwater House