Sturt Cottage, formerly known as the Bond House, was renovated to create a more welcoming presence for prospective students and their families who may have traveled many miles to interview and tour the campus. The Bond House has been owned by the College since at least 1930 when it was used as a gathering place for faculty members.
The house has been named to honor the Haaga and Sturt families who feel a kinship with Berea College and its mission of “growing leaders,” as Heather Haaga said. Sturt Cottage was named for her parents, who believed that education was “the most important achievement of one’s life,” she continued. “Berea’s belief in young people and education mirrors that of my parents, and so it seemed appropriate that they be honored in this way.”