Kalamazoo State Hospital Water Tower

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Kalamazoo State Hospital Water Tower
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Kalamazoo State Hospital Water Tower is located in Michigan
Kalamazoo State Hospital Water Tower
Kalamazoo State Hospital Water Tower is located in the US
Kalamazoo State Hospital Water Tower
Location Oakland Dr., Kalamazoo, Michigan
Coordinates 42°16′45″N 85°36′16″W / 42.27917°N 85.60444°W / 42.27917; -85.60444Coordinates: 42°16′45″N 85°36′16″W / 42.27917°N 85.60444°W / 42.27917; -85.60444
Area less than one acre
Built 1895
Architect Stratton,William B.
NRHP Reference # 72000624[1]
Added to NRHP March 16, 1972

The Kalamazoo State Hospital Water Tower is located in Kalamazoo, Michigan. It was built in 1895 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places on March 16, 1972. It is located on the grounds of the Kalamazoo Regional Psychiatric Hospital.

The structure was designed by B. F. Stratton from Detroit. He was instructed to come up with a structure that would complement the medieval feeling of the other buildings on the hospital grounds. The tower is 175 feet tall. The base stone blocks are five feet high; above this point the tower is made of bricks. It is approximately 50 feet wide at its widest point. The outer shell tapers from six feet thick at the base to four feet at the top. The tower has three water storage tanks inside. The main tank is 40 feet high and 40 feet in diameter and can hold more than 200,000 gallons of hard water. Two smaller tanks flank the main tank and hold soft water.[2]

The structure was earmarked by the State of Michigan for demolition in 1974. However, a local committee called the Committee to Save the Tower launched a campaign to raise public funds to restore the tower.

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ KPH Water Tower: Landmark and Legend - Kalamazoo Public Library