Built in 1968, the Ford Residence was the first modern building added to the original Huyck estate to house conference center guests. It was named in honor of Father George B. Ford, a humanitarian who served for many years as the Roman Catholic chaplain at Columbia University. Father Ford was a close associate of Everett Clinchy, a founder of the Institute on Man and Science, the original conference center on campus.

The Ford Residence is centrally located, just a short stroll from the Carriage House Restaurant, the Guggenheim Pavilion and the tennis courts.