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239-249 North Rose Street (Commercial Building), 239-249 North Rose Street, Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County, MI



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HB648753
BWPhotos 339661

HB648754
BWPhotos 339662

HB648755
BWPhotos 339663

HB648756
BWPhotos 339664


Item Title
BWPhotos 339664

Location
239-249 North Rose Street, Kalamazoo, MI

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS MI-348
Significance: This building was occupied for much of its existence (1906-1980) by the Kalamazoo Laundry Company. Occupying almost one-half of a city block, the structure dominated the north side of Arcadia Creek, and provided a home for the laundry operations, as well as a cigar maker and a dry good store. The building was actually constructed in sections from 1874 to 1911, and combines a variety of industrial styles in the design. The three-story elevations fronting on Rose and Eleanor streets are finished with corbeled parapet walls and articulated into regular bays typical of the commercial application of the Italianate style. Several styles of skylights provided natural light to the interior of the large building block, including a raised clerestory, sawtooth roof construction, and pyramidal skylights.

Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

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