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Rose Street Market (Kalamazoo Masonic Temple)

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Kalamazoo Masonic Temple
1913–1915, Spier and Rohns; 1987–1988 rehabilitation, Mark Doonan and Emile Mortier. 309 N. Rose St.

The large, ornamented cube is a testimony to the strength of Freemasonry in Kalamazoo. Eleven local Masonic affiliates formed the Clark Memorial Masonic Association to construct, own, and operate the Masonic temple. The building has a decorative cornice and three-story, tripartite windows in round-arched units. The south and east exterior walls are clad in brown, Greendale Rug Face Brick and are trimmed in white terra-cotta and metal. The highly eclectic building shows something of H. H. Richardson, something of Louis Sullivan, and something of Spier and Rohns themselves. The interior was arranged with three stacked auditoriums to house the ceremonies of local Masonic lodges and public events. Through the concentrated efforts of preservationists and the Kalamazoo Heritage Committee, the temple was spared demolition and was rehabilitated by Doonan and Mortier of Eugene, Oregon, into commercial space for offices and shops.

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Kathryn Bishop Eckert
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Kathryn Bishop Eckert, "Rose Street Market (Kalamazoo Masonic Temple)", [Kalamazoo, Michigan], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/MI-01-KZ6.

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Cover: Buildings of Michigan

Buildings of Michigan, Kathryn Bishop Eckert. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 214-215.

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