Kalamazoo County

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Kalamazoo

Kalamazoo County is named for the Indian word “kikalamazoo” meaning “the mirage” or “reflecting river”, or meaning “the boiling pot”.

 

Created:  October 29, 1829

County Seat:

Kalamazoo  1830 – present

 

County Courthouse – Kalamazoo  

 

Location:  227 West Michigan Avenue / Hubbard Street

Built:  1936 – 1937

Style:  Art Deco

Architect:  M J C Billingham of Kalamazoo and Smith, Hickman & Grylis

Contractor:  O F Miller

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a six story buff colored Mankato limestone and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds. The windows on the first three stories are vertical and divided by stone sections. The windows on the fourth story are small. The base of the building is dark granite. The roof line is flat. The building was a Public Works Administration project.

 

Note:  The first courthouse was built by E R Ball in 1836 for cost of $6,000. The previous courthouse was designed by Edward O Fallis of Toledo, Ohio and constructed in 1887.

 

County Administration – Kalamazoo  

 

Location:  201 West Kalamazoo Avenue / Rose Street

Built:  1976 – 1978

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Cain Associate

Contractor:  Whitaker Construction Company

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a four story concrete structure.

 

See:  Michigan’s County Courthouses by John Fedynsky

 

Courthouses: 

N – Allegan County and Barry County

E – Calhoun County

S – St. Joseph County

W – Van Buren County

 

 

 

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County Courthouse

 

 

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Photos taken 2008 and 2015