The Lieblein House was built in 1895 in the city of Hancock by William Washburn, who owned a local Hancock clothing store. In about 1905, Washburn sold the house to Edward Lieblein, a wholesale grocer who owned stores in Hancock and Calumet. The house remained in the Lieblein family until 1979, when Edward Lieblein Jr. sold it to Suomi College (now Finlandia University). The college renamed it the “Vaino & Judith Hoover Center” after the patrons Vaino and Judith Hoover who funded the purchase. As of 2009, the building houses the offices of the President, Institutional Advancement, Alumni Relations, and Communications. The house was designated a Michigan State Historic Site in 1979 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.
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