Community invited to Tall Oaks
house at Manchester College
Manchester College welcomes its neighbors and friends to tour the newly
renovated president’s residence during an open house Saturday and
Sunday, Nov. 19-20. Docents will greet visitors to Tall Oaks, on the
northern edge of campus, between 1 and 3 p.m. each day.
“We are eager to share the changes in Tall Oaks with our neighbors and
friends,” said President Jo Young Switzer, who with her husband David
Switzer, are the fifth family to live in the residence.
Tall Oaks was completed in the College woods early in 1970 under the
stewardship of 10th President A. Blair Helman and
particularly First Lady Patricia Kennedy Helman, who oversaw the
construction and furnishing. (Mrs. Helman died Oct. 28.) Last summer,
the dining room and kitchen were doubled in size. In addition, Tall Oaks
has a new roof, lighting and draperies, and other upgrades. The main
floor now is handicapped-accessible and has an entry ramp.
“Tall Oaks has good bones and has served the College for 37 years. Its
recent expansion and updates make it even better,” said Switzer. “Now
we will be able to host larger gatherings and still have a wonderful
home to entertain and be entertained by our grandchildren.”