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Van Vleck Hall

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.

Building Layout

Room Dimensions
Location on Campus
Biographical Information about John Van Vleck

Mary Cantor
Van Vleck Hall RD

About Mary:
Born and raised in Flint, MI, I come from a family of one mom, one
dad, one sister, and LOTS of cats and dogs (and even the occasional
gerbil, parakeet, or rat). I graduated from Hope in 2011 with an
English major, dance minor, and secondary education certification.
After spending some time in Orlando, FL, where I fulfilled my dream of
working for the Walt Disney World Resort, I decided it was time to
return home to Hope!  I am so happy to be serving this community as
the Resident Director of Van Vleck.

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!