The assignment was simple. To find the modern equivalent of 20 iconic locations around Kalamazoo. Those of us participating in the scavenger hunt were given 20 old photos and to prove that I really found the buildings, I was required to take a photo of myself at each location. The edict came from the social committee of the library where I work. The library has an awesome local history room with hundreds of old photos of the community. We only had to locate 15 but I was determined to find all 20. Luckily I recognized most of the buildings and knew where they were. I found them all within 2 days of searching and decided to post all the photos here on my blog. Because I chose to work alone and not with a team, the photos took on a bit of a “Where’s Waldo” feel.
“Cities Service” Gas and Service Station / Today it’s Bells Brewery
Dragon carriage step – S Burdick Street near the old Kalamazoo Gazette building.
Kalamazoo City Hall – South Street
Park Building / torn down and the new Miller Canfield Building
Kalamazoo County Courthouse
East Side Branch Library when it used to be located in a storefront.There wasn’t much sidewalk, so my angle wasn’t the greatest.
Across from the Washington Square Library. It used to be a fire station at one time, I think. I don’t know what it is now, but they did a great renovation job, don’t you think?
First Presbyterian Church right across the street from Bronson Park.
Bronson Park Fountain
J.C Penney’s Store / now it is home to MLive – the new Kalamazoo Gazette
The Hilton Hotel / Radisson Hotel – please ignore all the squinting in my photos, it was a very sunny day and I was either looking straight into the sun or there was a glare on my phone and I was squinting to see if the building was in the shot. The Hilton had a disco and a live dinner theater in the 70’s.
The Kalamazoo Public Library, then and now.
The Ladies’ Library Association Building. Still looking as lovely as when it was first built. One of the first women’s club buildings in the U.S.A.
NOT the Masonic Temple….Lawrence and Chapin ironworks building . For some reason I thought it was the Masonic Temple, but that is a few buildings down. Now it is office space.
The back parking lot of the Saniwax Building – now called the Park Trade Center. Mural painted by Conrad Kaufman, who also painted the storyhour room at the library.
Squinting again….The Oakwood Pharmacy. It’s gone thru a lot a businesses, now I believe, it is a craft beer brewery.
Originally a one-room schoolhouse on West Main Street, this building was the home of the first incarnation of the Oshtemo Branch Library. Now it is some kind of sports store
Olde Peninsula Brew Pub – This restaurant has been around for quite a while. I understand that the building went through several different uses, a restaurant, a department store, a stove company and a hotel.
The old Powell Branch Library, now the Senior Ecumenical Center.
Inside the 5/3rd Bank on Michigan Ave. Still beautiful after all these years.
I had a lot of fun finding all these spots, and would like to do it again sometime.