Ambler Health and Wellness Center
Located at 183 Hillsdale Street in the Ambler House, the Health and Wellness Center offers medical and mental health services.
A registered nurse is on duty Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and can be reached at (517) 607-4367. A doctor is available an hour each day, Monday through Friday. Call the center at (517) 607-4368 to set up an appointment with the doctor or one of our counseling staff.
183 Hillsdale Street
Hillsdale, MI 49242
Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The Ambler House was built by Esbon Blackmar, who donated the land for Hillsdale College. Originally, the house served as a restaurant and an inn.
Its collegiate history began in 1919, when Judge William E. Ambler, a Hillsdale alumnus and trustee, donated it to the College. A committee decided it would house the home economics department. Christened “The Ambler House,” it soon became the scene of many dinners, parties, banquets, and style shows. In 1920, Judge Ambler donated a piano, pictures, and books, and he later gave one thousand dollars for additional equipment.
Hillsdale’s home economics department boasted many successful graduates, including Esther Branch, nationally known cooking expert and food demonstrator; Grace Van Aken Burns, national president of the American Home Economics Association; and Marian Willoughby, assistant professor of textiles and clothing at Purdue University.
From 1927 until 1932, Ambler House was the home of Hillsdale College President William G. Spencer. It returned to housing home economics and hosting social events until the discontinuation of the home economics department.
The Ambler House was converted into a health center in 1967, a project funded by the Women Commissioners. From 1999 to 2012, the building also housed the Sigma Alpha Iota women’s music fraternity.