The Haven Sanitarium, World-Renowned Mental Health Hospital of Avon Township

Rochester-Avon Historical Society will present “The Haven Sanitarium” with historian and society president Tiffany Dziurman on Thursday, May 6 at 7:00 p.m. on the society’s online Zoom platform. Dziurman will share her latest research about The Haven Sanitarium, a world-renowned mental health hospital that operated from 1932 to 1968 in Avon Township (now Rochester Hills), MI. The hospital was located on what is now the Grosse Pines Subdivision on Walton Boulevard. 

Old faded photo showing a large home in the distance with a stone wall fence in the foreground.

“The Haven has a unique story that deserves to be told,” said Dziurman. “The hospital began as a private country residence for the Shinnick family in 1927 and later became one of the most sought-after mental health facilities – for both doctors and patients – in the world. And it was all here in our community.”

Dziurman has been researching, writing, and lecturing about The Haven Sanitarium for over six years. She earned a master’s degree in history from Wayne State University and is an independent historian with over 30 published articles on Michigan history. In 2016, Dziurman was a featured historian in the PBS documentary, Pioneer Family on Van Hoosen Farm.

This program is free and open to the public. Registration is required.

The Rochester-Avon Historical Society is a non-profit organization that educates our community about local history to foster appreciation and preservation of our historical resources and pride of place.

In the 1930s, the Rochester Pioneer Society was formed only to disband in the 1940s. In 1969, as Rochester celebrated one hundred years since its incorporation as a village, residents decided to establish a local historical society. The Rochester-Avon Historical Society’s first meeting was held in August 1969.


  1. One can still see part of that front wall today.

  2. I’m glad there’s more trees there now! Would be cool to see how big the property footprint was overlaid on a modern google map.

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