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Kalamazoo College

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1833 established. Albert Kahn, Aymar Embury II, and others. Bounded by Lovell, Monroe, W. Main, and Catherine sts.

Kalamazoo College is a small, liberal arts college that was founded in 1833 as the Michigan and Huron Institute and was renamed Kalamazoo College in 1840. Many of the buildings date from the 1920s and the 1930s, when the college underwent a vigorous centennial building campaign. Detroiter Albert Kahn designed Mary Trowbridge Hall and New Yorker Aymar Embury II designed the present Administration Building, Old Welles Hall, Hoben (1937) and Harmen halls, and Stetson Chapel (1932)—all within the Georgian Revival style. In the tradition of nineteenth-century New England meetinghouses, Stetson Chapel features a colossal Ionic portico and a 109-foot tower topped with a tall, slim cupola covered with gold leaf.

Writing Credits

Kathryn Bishop Eckert


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Kathryn Bishop Eckert, "Kalamazoo College", [Kalamazoo, Michigan], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Michigan

Buildings of Michigan, Kathryn Bishop Eckert. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 218-219.

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