The Bas­ketball House. Brittany Gray | Courtesy

Curious about the age of her college-owned off-campus house, senior Michele Boykin and her house­mates, all of whom play for the women’s bas­ketball team, did a Google search on their small house at 262 Union St.

“We found it was built in 1920, and we thought, ‘Wow, that’s cool; it’s almost 100 years old,’” Boykin said. “We were joking around that after we graduate, we would come back and throw a party for the house.”

That dream came to an end this summer, however, when Hillsdale College tore down the affec­tion­ately named Vacation Home to make room for a new res­i­dence hall. The dean’s office worked with the women expecting to live in the house this aca­demic year to find a new space to live — and accom­modate their team­mates.

“It was the bas­ketball house,” Boykin said. “We tried to keep it with the team so that it’s a place where we can all hang out. Our team­mates were welcome at any time and would just show up all the time.”

The new dorm will sit across the street from the Roche Sports Complex next to Benzing Res­i­dence. The $3.2 million project will create 55 addi­tional beds for upper­classman women to keep more stu­dents living on campus in antic­i­pation of Gal­loway Res­i­dence ren­o­va­tions. The new building also will feature a coffee house and outdoor patio.

The dean’s office reached out to Boykin, senior Allie Dittmer, and junior Brittany Gray about the plans to tear down the Vacation Home in early summer. The deans offered housing accom­mo­da­tions at 311 Hillsdale St., which the college recently acquired, Asso­ciate Dean of Women Rebekah Dell said. Located across from the Pi Beta Phi house near McIntyre Res­i­dence, the white house has earned the name the Retirement Home from its new res­i­dents.

“It’s a working rela­tionship to make sure we have the best housing available for our stu­dents,” said Dell, who added that main­te­nance helped move fur­niture and belongings from the old house into the new one. “We’re glad it was such a smooth tran­sition.”

The new bas­ketball house is more modern and is larger than the one on Union Street, which is helpful for when the entire team comes to visit, Boykin said.

The women said it was the time they spent with their team­mates in the Vacation Home that made it special. Dec­o­rated with “Still on Vacation” signs, it was the team’s getaway when games kept them on campus during breaks.

Boykin said the house held many bon­fires, team dinners, and movie nights, as well as a family-style Thanks­giving meal last year.

“Over Christmas break, we would just come together and have two couches, lay a futon on the floor, wrap up in blankets, and watch all these movies,” Gray said. “It was great.”

After keeping the Vacation Home within the bas­ketball team for the past three years, the women said they are looking forward to cre­ating new mem­ories in the Retirement Home. They said they, however, do miss the prox­imity to the sports complex.

“We’re grateful to have the house, but what was espe­cially nice was the location,” Boykin said. “We would have to wake up at 6:15 a.m. for morning lifts, and the sports complex was right there.”

Although the Vacation Home may no longer stand on campus, the women said they treasure those moments with their team­mates.

“I had so many great mem­ories there,” Gray said. “I’ll always remember the cute little house at 262 Union. It’s gone but not for­gotten.”


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  • BradinAZ

    I don’t know if it’s true or not, but sup­posedly the long gone Phi Sigma Kappa house, once located on the now empty lot across from Broadlawn, was allegedly a stop on the under­ground railroad during the Civil War.