Gatehouse, State Hospital

Gatehouse at the Michigan Asylum for the Insane, 1892
Kalamazoo Public Library Photo P-446 
  • Location: 1006 Oakland Drive, Kalamazoo
  • Survey ID: R-48
  • Designation: Gatehouse, State Hospital
  • Date: 1877
  • Style: Gothic Revival

The following material is from the 1973 Initial Inventory of Historic Sites and Buildings in Kalamazoo and was made available for use here by the Historic Preservation Coordinator of the City of Kalamazoo. See Introduction to an Initial Inventory for details about how the survey was conducted.

Originally intended as a gatehouse at the entrance drive to the State Hospital grounds. The gate was never constructed, though the drive passed beside the building for several years. In style, the gatehouse belongs to that category popularly called "Carpenter Gothic." The board-and-batten siding, steep roofs, and "gingerbread" ornament were popular around the country at mid [nineteenth] century.  At present the building is maintained by the State Hospital and serves in part as a museum.

This report was converted from a typewritten document to a digital text document in September 2004. Other than punctuation and spelling corrections, and the addition of BOLD type site address and names, no changes were made. Minor formatting changes were made for use on this website, but the text was not altered. Original survey dated 1973.

Additonal Source

Books

Kalamazoo: Nineteenth-Century Homes in a Midwestern Village

  • Schmitt, Peter J.
  • Kalamazoo City Historical Commission, 1976
  • H 720.9774 S355, pages 88-95, includes several interior photographs.