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

South Street Historic District

Registered Michigan Historic Site

 
 
South Street Historic District Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 30, 2014
1. South Street Historic District Marker
Side One
Inscription.  
This tree-lined neighborhood, today nestled between the business district and college campuses, recalls a quiet but prosperous Kalamazoo at the turn of the century. The street was platted in 1841. Its beautifully preserved houses, which were built between then and 1915, reflect the spectrum of fashionable domestic architecture of the period with the Italian Revival style most prevalent.

Many prominent middle class families lived in this neighborhood which runs two blocks along South Street. Here were the homes of professors, lawyers, journalists, businessmen, and others active in the civic, commercial, and professional life of Kalamazoo. Today the district houses community service organizations as well as businesses and families, thereby retaining its traditional cultural and civic orientation.
 
Erected 1974 by Michigan History Division, Department of State. (Marker Number L206.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureIndustry & Commerce
South Street Historic District Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 30, 2014
2. South Street Historic District Marker
Side Two
Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Michigan Historical Commission series list.
 
Location. 42° 17.383′ N, 85° 35.43′ W. Marker is in Kalamazoo, Michigan, in Kalamazoo County. Marker is on W. South Street west of S. Westnedge Avenue (Michigan Highway 331), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 516 W South Street, Kalamazoo MI 49007, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First United Methodist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Women's Club in Michigan (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lincoln at Kalamazoo (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Baptist Church (approx. ¼ mile away); Kalamazoo College (approx. ¼ mile away); Spanish War Veterans Monument (approx. ¼ mile away); In Memoriam U.S.S Maine (approx. ¼ mile away); Lincoln's August 1856 Speech in Kalamazoo (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kalamazoo.
 
Regarding South Street Historic District. The South Street Historic District is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
 
Also see . . .  South Street Historic District. From the Kalamazoo Public Library. Includes profiles on the
South Street Historic District image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 30, 2014
3. South Street Historic District
View to east along South Street
Wood-Upjohn House and Gilmore House. (Submitted on June 18, 2014.) 
 
South Street Historic District image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 30, 2014
4. South Street Historic District
View to west from marker location
James F. and Carrie Gilmore House image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 30, 2014
5. James F. and Carrie Gilmore House
Constructed in 1908
Boudeman House image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 30, 2014
6. Boudeman House
Constructed in 1905, Restored in 1989
Wood-Upjohn House image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 30, 2014
7. Wood-Upjohn House
Constructed in 1878
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 7, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 18, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 432 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on June 18, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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