On November 2, 1962 the president announced at the Homecoming luncheon that”Haven Hills Home,” the estate of the late George Dean, had beendonated to the college by the UnionSteel Products company of Albion. Renamed Bellemont Manor, to honor BelleDean and the homes hilltop location, this gracious 30-room mansion servedthe college as a conference center for leaders in business, church, education,and other organizations as well as for numerous college functions. Under thecapable management of Morley Fraser, Michigan’s “Coach of the Year” in1961, Bellemont Manor retained the charm of the Dean family while stillproviding a gracious center for continuing education. During the Vulgamoreadministration Bellemont stopped being used as a conference center, andtoday occasionally hosts college related events.
From the Albion College Archives
Haven Hills Home, former estate of the Dean Family, was donated to the College in 1962 by the Union Steel Foundation of Albion. The College renamed the home “Bellemont Manor” in honor of Belle Dean and in recognition of its hilltop location. (Fennimore, pp.640-41)
Rooms in the Manor House and its associated buildings can be reserved by calling Dining & Hospitality Services at 517/629-0318.
All photographs are from the Albion College Archives Photograph Files, unless otherwise noted.
Source: Albion College Archives, 2003 [Downloaded July 3, 2003]