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Breezedale Tour

Welcome to Breezedale Alumni Center, the headquarters for the IUP Alumni Association and the IUP Office of Alumni Relations.

Maybe you remember this house for its use as a dormitory or for art and music classes. If you’re a more recent graduate, you probably recall it as the “old, abandoned house,” the stuff of which ghost stories were made.

The good news is that because of a great many people’s contributions, in terms of time, talent and financial resources, Breezedale is back. Restoration that actually began in the early 1970s and resumed again in the 1980s has returned the mansion to a grandeur befitting its role in the history of Indiana and IUP.

Take the Tour...

The first floor of Breezedale is used for receptions, dinners, and meetings. The second and third floors house the Alumni Affairs offices and three meeting rooms. The building is wheelchair accessible.

The Alumni Affairs Office administers the policy for use of Breezedale.

Turkish Room: Of all of the rooms in Breezedale, the Turkish Room is the most captivating. “Smoking” rooms such as this were quite popular in the late nineteenth century, reflecting the trend toward romantic, often exotic, decor. Among the features of the room: a carved mahogany fireplace and a three-sided alcove seat.

Parlor: The room features a striking white marble mantel in the style known as Second Empire. The portrait above the fireplace is that of Sarah Stansbury Sutton, wife of James Sutton, the original owner of the home.

Library: The law library was built as an addition to Breezedale by John Elkin and his wife, who purchased the home from the Sutton family. During his career, Elkin served as a legislator, attorney general, and Supreme Court judge for the state of Pennsylvania. The library features an oak beamed ceiling, a skylight, wall-to-wall bookcases and a commanding view of the IUP campus to the south.

Reception Room: At the one side of the main hall is the original library, which now serves as a reception room for various meetings and other functions held on the first floor.

Take a virtual tour of Breezedale on the IUP Magazine website.

  • Office of Alumni Relations
  • Breezedale Alumni Center
    880 School Street
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-7942
  • Fax: 724-357-7926
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.