Innkeepers Marcia and Kent Neigebauer celebrated the official opening of the Allen House on Thursday, February 9 with the Allegan Area Chamber of Commerce and about 100 of their closest friends and neighbors. United States Congressman, Fred Upton, and Michigan State Representative, Mary Whiteford were among the guests.
The Allen House, adjacent to the Delano Mansion Inn, increases the number of rooms to 13 that the Neigebauers have available for out of town travelers, or possibly locals looking for a romantic evening close to home. The décor is French Countryside, distinguishing the inn from the Delano Mansion’s more formal Victorian.
The Allen House derives its name from the time that Allegan High School math teacher, Margaret Allen, lived in the Queen Anne Revival. After her husband, Don, passed away in 1963, Mrs. Allen lived in the house as a widow, but also added apartments upstairs to the large home, often times rented by young school teachers new to the district. Originally, the house was built as the home of Horace G. Moore, a lumber baron and key figure in the history of Allegan County. Moore’s daughter, Mignon, would marry the neighbor boy, Earl Delano.