Smith Alumni House History
Located at 801 West Superior Street, the Smith Alumni House, in honor of Art ’38 and Carra (Jones) Smith ’42, was renovated in 1999 and opened in March 2000. It serves as headquarters for the Alumni Office and provides space for Alumni Board meetings and receptions.
The house displays college memorabilia and features three guest rooms for visiting alumni and friends of the college.
The Smith Alumni House has many named features because of the support of alumni in creating the space: The porch is named in memory of Julie Hazel Norman ’83, and the entryway was funded by Dr. Craig Matheson ’81 and Jane Verdun ’82. The guest rooms are named by Patrick McDonough ’85, Betsy Falvey Raymond ’80 and Amy Falvey Carl ’82, and Frances Erickson Leonard ’59. The Brenneman Reception Area is named for Hugh W. Brenneman ’36 by Pat Sweeney Hubbard ’59 and Dave Hubbard ’60. The director’s office is named for Helen Stroup Young ’22. The front walkway also features bricks with names of alumni and friends who have donated to support the house.
Originally built in 1886, the house was leased to Alma College in 1887. The Board of Trustees purchased the property from August Bruske, Alma’s second president, in 1917. It was used as the president’s house until 1927, when it came to be known as the Kirk House after English Professor Florence Kirk, who lived there. The house was known as the Kirk International Center from 1982-1999.
All three guest rooms are on the second floor of the Smith Alumni House. Please note that they are only accessible by two sets of stairs. All rooms have cable television and wireless internet, although there are also a desktop computer and flat screen TV in the lower lobby which are available for guest use:
The McDonough Suite ($85 + 6% sales tax) includes a living area with a full size hide-a-bed, separate bedroom with a queen bed and a private bath.
The Raymond-Carl Room ($75 + 6% sales tax) includes a small living area, queen bed, full size hide-a-bed and private bath.
The Leonard Room ($60 + 6% sales tax) includes a queen size bed and private bath.
See Stay on Campus for more information about reservations and policies.