Located at 116 E. 10th Street Van Vleck hall is named for the Rev. John Van Vleck, the first principal of the Holland Academy. The building was constructed in 1858 and is the oldest building on campus. Funds for the construction were raised by Dr. Van Raalte during trips to visit Reformed Church congregations in New York and New Jersey. It originally served as dormitory, library and class rooms for the Holland Academy, predecessor of the college. It has survived many fires that occurred from the heaters students used at the time. Van Vleck was restored in 1980.
Van Vleck Hall has 21 rooms and can house 38 freshman and sophomore female students. Each room has one set of twin size bunk beds (no lofts), one extra tall closet and a bureau for roommates to share, two 3-drawer desks with chairs, a phone and a mirror. The rooms of Van Vleck have beautiful dark wood window frames with blinds and all room floors are carpeted. There is a computer lab, laundry room, and lounges in Van Vleck.
Click HERE to read about the history of Hope's oldest building in the Spring 2008 issue of the Joint Archives Quarterly.
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Biographical Information about John Van Vleck
Van Vleck Hall RD
I have been working at Hope as a Hall Director for four years and I have had the privilege of serving the students in Lichty, Van Vleck, and Cook. I have my master’s degree from Western Michigan University in Higher Education and have a passion for working with college students. I am from St. Louis, Missouri, but have been living in Michigan for quite a few years now. I absolutely love the snow so living in West Michigan is ideal. I have a dog named, Max who loves visitors so stop by any time!
Why we love Van Vleck Hall:
Van Vleck is one of the most unique halls on campus. It is the original building on campus so there is a lot of history that surrounds it. Living in Van Vleck feels like living in a historical home which allows for a very special community. It is a smaller residence hall, but because of that fact everyone gets to know each other very well…it’s like a family and a home away from home!