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National Register Sites

A National Register Historic District is honorary; it engages a review of effect on projects utilizing federal funds and it makes income-producing properties eligible for a special tax credit.

Honorary - A building or collection of buildings must retain their historic character and be representative of a specific event or pattern of history on a local, state or national level in order to be eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

Review of Effect - When structures and sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places may be effected by a project utilizing Federal funds, or requiring Federal permitting or licensing an additional review is required to determine whether or not the project will have an adverse effect. Called the Section 106 Review process, this regulation mandates review of the potential adverse impact of a federally funded undertaking on a listed structure or site. The review process does not prevent the work from happening, it only requires review of the impact the project will have and a mitigation of adverse effects.

Rehabilitation Investment Tax Credit - the Historic Preservation Tax Credit - Income producing properties, which are part of a National Register Historic District, may be eligible for a Federal Income Tax credit. Buildings undergoing a "substantial rehabilitation" may be eligible for the credit and the proposed work on both the exterior and interior must be reviewed for appropriateness before it begins. Contact the Historic Preservation Coordinator (269-337-8804) for more information.

More information on National Register historic districts and individually listed properties is available at State Historic Preservation Office.

Kalamazoo has eight historic districts listed on the National Register of Historic Places:

  • Bronson Park - all the historic buildings facing the park plus the Federal Building, Ladies Library building and St. Luke's Church.
  • Haymarket - downtown on East Michigan
  • Henderson Park and West Main Hill
  • Rose Place - a small court on South Rose in the Vine Neighborhood
  • South Street - Full of grand, upper income homes
  • Stuart Area - Stuart neighborhood
  • Vine Area - part of the Vine Area local Historic District
  • Western State Normal School - East campus of Western Michigan University

Kalamazoo has seventeen sites listed on the National Register of historic places outside historic districts:

  • Isaac Brown House at 427 South Burdick
  • Engine House #3 at 607 Charlotte
  • Fire House #4 at 526 North Burdick
  • John Gibbs House at 3403 Parkview
  • Henry Gilbert House at 415 West Lovell
  • Kalamazoo State Hospital Water Tower
  • Kalamazoo State Hospital Gatehouse
  • Kalamazoo State Asylum for the Insane
  • Lawrence and Chapin Building at 201 North Rose
  • David Lilienfeld House at 447 West South Street
  • Marlborough apartments at 471 West South Street
  • Masonic Temple at 309 North Rose
  • Henry Montague House at 814 Oakland
  • Portage Street Fire Station at 1249 Portage
  • Rickman Hotel at 345 North Burdick
  • Enoch Schafer House at 1437 Douglas
  • Andrew Jackson Stevens House at 4024 Oakland Drive