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Houghton College Campus Facilities

Center for the Arts

The Center for the Arts was completed in September of 1999. It houses the School of Music and contains an the Ortlip Art Gallery. The building has 30 practice rooms, a 220-seat recital hall, choral and instrumental ensemble rehearsal rooms, a recording studio, music library, and classrooms for music history, theory, and music education.


Chamberlain Center


The Chamberlain Center, formerly known as the Academic Building, was named in honor of President Chamberlain. This learning center was completed in 1989 and houses the departments of English/Communication, Foreign Languages, Education, Business, History/Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Religion/Philosophy. 


Equestrian Center


The Equestrian Center includes five barns with 41 box stalls, multiple pastures ranging from three to 17 acres, a 60′x145′ indoor arena, a 120′x240′ outdoor stadium jumping ring, and an outdoor 90′x220′ dressage arena. The center provides accommodations for students to board their own horses.


Paine Center for Science

The Stephen Paine Science and Mathematics Center houses the biology, chemistry, computer science, math, and physics departments. The building was named after Stephen Paine, president of Houghton College from 1937-1972.


Reinhold Campus Center

Reinhold Campus Center.

This building contains a large lounge area, dining hall, student life and counseling offices, college post office, Big Al’s snack shop, student organization offices. There is also a branch of Community Bank available for students and community use as well as a Welcome Center. Open 8:00am to 5:00pm, the Welcome Center contains the college switchboard, game lending, and the directional center for college and conference needs.


Stevens Art Studio

The Stevens Art Studios contain studios for drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, woodworking, graphic design, and photography. Individual loft spaces are available for upper-class art students. The building features two remodeled darkrooms and a state-of-the-art Macintosh computer lab.


Wesley Chapel

Able to seat 1,200, Wesley Chapel is named after John and Charles Wesley, founders of The Wesleyan Church. The Holtkamp organ designed especially for the auditorium (with 3,153 pipes, 61 ranks and 47 stops) is one of the last organs designed by Walter Holtkamp—one of America’s foremost organ builders. The auditorium foyer features a 150-foot mural created for the college by former faculty member, H. Willard Ortlip. Titled Redemption, the mural traces biblical history from creation until the end of time.


Nielsen Physical Education Center

The Nielsen Physical Education Center contains three basketball courts, an indoor track, three racquetball courts, a 25-meter swimming pool, rock-climbing wall, fitness center, and weight cage.It was named to honor Kenneth and Doris Nielsen, Houghton retirees who gave many years of service to the college. Houghton’s outdoor athletic facilities were renovated over the summer of 1998. Renovations included installing an eight-lane, all-weather track, field hockey field, a lighted soccer field, a 1,200 seat grandstand, and 6 tennis courts. Houghton also has a downhill ski slope, cross country ski trails, an initiatives ropes course, and wooded areas for hiking and camping.


Willard J. Houghton Library

The Willard J. Houghton Library houses 225,000 volumes, over 500 print journal subscriptions, access to over 2000 full-text online journals, 14 newspapers,microfilm, and videos. In May of 2000 extensive renovations were made to the library’s entrance and the interior. The library is named after Houghton’s founder, Willard J Houghton.