Students claim that the ghost of Mary Gelston haunts Gelston Hall, but they are continuously attracted to Gelston for its friendly atmosphere and convenience.
Gelston Hall is near the east side of campus and is connected to the Tyler-Van Dusen Campus Center. This is one of the many appeals of this residence hall, as students who live in this hall can get food at Joe’s Place without ever having to leave the building!
The entire building has been fully renovated including new bathrooms and handicap-accessible entryways. Part of the renovation was to modernize and provide a comfortable living space for our first year student to enjoy. This included adding a kitchenette and updating study rooms and laundry rooms. Gelston is the home to our living learning communities.
Construction of Gelston was completed in 1956 and was fully renovated in 2017. Gelston was named after Mary C. Gelston, the first dean of women at Alma College. Although Gelston was once reserved for women only, it is now a coed residence hall.