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Central Business District in Kalamazoo in Kalamazoo County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Art Deco

 
 
Art Deco Marker — Art Deco image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joel Seewald, August 14, 2022
1. Art Deco Marker — Art Deco
Inscription.  
Art Deco (north side)
Art Deco architecture marks the bold transition from classic revival to modernism, emphasizing straight lines, mass production, geometric spaces, metal, concrete and stone. Early Art Deco retains the nature motifs of Art Nouveau as shown in City Hall and the American National Bank Building. The later style stressed streamlined structures like the Speareflex office building and the Alexander Medical Office.

American National Bank Building (east side)
Designed by Weary and Alford and built in 1929-30, this fifteen-story building of Indiana limestone is Kalamazoo's finest example of the Art Deco style. The upper floors include exterior lighting designed "to make a towering fountain of light visible for many miles" from its 136 East Michigan Avenue location. The decorative metalwork outside and a magnificent painted ceiling inside contribute to the building's aesthetic appeal.

Kalamazoo County Building (south side)
Finished in 1937, Kalamazoo's third county building at 227 West Michigan was designed by local architect M.C.J. Billingham
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and partly funded by the Public Works Administration. The Mankato stone exterior includes stylized metal details under the windows. Reliefs of Law, Justice and Vigilance carved by Coronado Joseph Parducci surround the entrances ... unique light fixtures and brass grills grace marble hallways.

Kalamazoo City Hall (west side)
With its classic form and modern ornament, City Hall, built in 1933, represents Art Deco's transition to modernism. Weary and Alford designed the limestone building at 241 West South Street. Its frieze includes relief carvings depicting important events in Kalamazoo's history. Nature motifs adorn the three story atrium and figure prominently in the detailed ceiling painting in Commission Chambers.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Architecture. A significant historical year for this entry is 1937.
 
Location. 42° 17.493′ N, 85° 34.989′ W. Marker is in Kalamazoo, Michigan, in Kalamazoo County. It is in the Central Business District. Marker is at the intersection of East Michigan Avenue (Business Interstate 94) and South Kalamazoo Mall, on the left when traveling west on East Michigan Avenue. Marker is at the southeast corner of Michigan Avenue and Kalamazoo Mall. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 108 East Michigan Avenue, Kalamazoo MI 49007, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this
Art Deco Marker — American National Bank Building image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joel Seewald, August 14, 2022
2. Art Deco Marker — American National Bank Building
marker. Burdick Street (a few steps from this marker); Transportation (within shouting distance of this marker); Firsts (within shouting distance of this marker); The Kalamazoo Mall (within shouting distance of this marker); Haymarket Historic District (within shouting distance of this marker); Caleb Sweetland Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Upjohn Company / William E. Upjohn (about 300 feet away); David S. Walbridge (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kalamazoo.
 
Art Deco Marker — Kalamazoo County Building image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joel Seewald, August 14, 2022
3. Art Deco Marker — Kalamazoo County Building
Art Deco Marker — Kalamazoo City Hall image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joel Seewald, August 14, 2022
4. Art Deco Marker — Kalamazoo City Hall
Art Deco Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joel Seewald, August 14, 2022
5. Art Deco Marker
Art Deco Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joel Seewald, August 14, 2022
6. Art Deco Marker
This marker is the one on the left.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 17, 2022. It was originally submitted on August 17, 2022, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 142 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 17, 2022, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.
 
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