• Year Built: 1887
245 & 251 N. Rose Street is located in Kalamazoo, MI.
The Arcadia Buildings are two gems located in Kalamazoo’s Downtown Development Authority (DDA) district, and the next historic properties destined for revitalization. Designed and built in 1872, these two buildings were used for various purposes over the years, and home to many Ivy Leaguers of the past, including Lawrence and Chapin Iron Works, Vermeulen’s Furniture Company, and Shakespeare’s Company. Today, the Arcadia Buildings are treasured, both locally and abroad, for their aesthetic and historic architecture paired with an intricate, classic façade.
The south building, first erected in 1872, has a classic feel and modeled Secondary Empire architecture, which is now recognized for on the national registry of historic places. The north building was built 120 years later in 1992, and borrows the most important architectural feature of the south building, immense and expansive windows, which allow abundant natural light to flow through.
Connected by a pass way, these two buildings are split by the Arcadia Creek, the focus of the 1989 Arcadia Creek Redevelopment Project. The project was part of a major downtown redevelopment campaign that included uncovering approximately five blocks of Arcadia Creek from a buried culvert into a day-lighted channel with visual appeal. The completion of this project in 1995 followed a new focal point for the city, the Arcadia Creek Festival Site. With close proximity to this site as well as the popular outdoor Kalamazoo Mall, the Arcadia Buildings are now centered among the most beautiful and vibrant places in Downtown Kalamazoo.
The Arcadia Buildings offer up to 48,000 square feet of mixed-use Class A space, positioned in the heart of Downtown Kalamazoo and available for immediate occupancy.
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