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Architectural History

The George McT. Kahin Center for Advanced Research on Southeast Asia is located in the handsome and historic "Treman House." When first built in the early years of the twentieth century, the house at 640 Stewart Ave boasted a hand-operated elevator, electric bells, speaking tubes, and central-heating. The house was built by Robert Henry Treman, the son of an enterprising local family and the first member of that family to attend Cornell University and be elected to its board of trustees. Click the Art Work link to the left for a taste of the Southeast Asian art and artifacts housed at the Kahin Center or the Virtual Tour link for more history, photos and floorplans.

Kahin Center: Home of Southeast Asia Program

This historic house, dedicated on May 11, 1992 as the George McT. Kahin Center for Advanced Research on Southeast Asia is home to SEAP graduate students, visiting fellows and scholars, faculty members, and SEAP's Publication and Outreach offices. To quote George Kahin, it serves as SEAP'S "spiritual epicenter," where a diverse group of students and faculty whose interests span a range of disciplines can draw upon each others' experiences and knowledge of Southeast Asia. A variety of events take place in the Kahin Center, including notably, SEAP's SEAP Weekly Seminars (scheduled at 12:15 pm each Thursday during the academic year), as well as other student- or faculty- sponsored symposia and conferences.