This grand building was once the Battle Creek Sanitarium, a grand health resort run by Dr. J.H. Kellogg. After the original Sanitarium burned down, Dr. Kellogg designed and built a health center that had everything from a surgery to a conservatory and spa.
Guests were encouraged to get exercise, enjoy the fresh air and eat healthy. The dining room is where the Kellogg brothers first served their flaked cereal invention and revolutionized the business of food.
The Sanitarium moved to another location after the stock market crash in 1929 and the government turned the building into a hospital for World War II soldiers.
Three of those patients later became senators: Philip Hart of Michigan, Robert Dole of Kansas and Daniel Inouye of Hawaii. They were instrumental in turning the former Sanitarium into a federal center.
If you would like to tour the building, contact Adventist Village. They will need your information a few weeks ahead of time, though, to get security clearance.