Vander Meulen Builders has played a pivotal role in preserving local history by bringing its architectural past back to life. We are the area's leader in the historical renovation of buildings. Our work can be seen in residential neighborhoods, on the campus of Hope College, and most prominently, throughout downtown Holland.
Voorhees Hall, originally built in 1907, underwent renovation from 1979 - 1981. Vander Meulen Builders was chosen to renovate this historically significant building. The building received a new roof and windows, sidewalks, a heating system, and completely refinished woodwork. In order to bring Voorhees up to the current safety and accessibility requirements, sprinklers, fire alarms, and an elevator were also added. The renovations purposely left the exterior of the building unchanged, maintaining the original integrity of the design.
In 1986, Vander Meulen Builders completed an extensive renovation of the President's House, originally built in 1892. In addition to major electrical, plumbing, plastering, and roofing repairs and extensive redecorating, the kitchen area was completely redesigned and a new serving area created to enable the food service to operate more effectively for college receptions and dinners. A breakfast room for the president's family was added, the downstairs bathroom relocated, and new entrances to the inner campus and the garage built.
Throughout the renovation, the house's basic Victorian architectural design was preserved in order to maintain the 19th century charm and stateliness of the century-old residence.
As one of only two public buildings to survive the fire of 1871, Van Vleck Hall is the second oldest public building in Holland. Vander Meulen Builders was asked to “bring the building as close as possible to its original design and still offer residents a comfortable, modern living environment." In order to accomplish this blending of modernity and historical veracity, the interior had to be ripped out of the structure, but the brickwork and woodpaneling left intact. A four-story stairwell and a fire escape were also added, bringing the structure up to fire code, and the basement was converted into a kitchen, television room, study lounge, laundry room, and storage facility.
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