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The Lilienfeld House


The Lilienfeld House
Source: Photo by Patrick Jouppi, September 2010


The Lilienfeld House at 447 W. South Street was added to the National Register of Historic Places on 23 January 1986. In addition to being listed on the National Register, the Lilienfeld House enjoys local historic district status as a single resource historic district.

Located adjacent to the Marlborough Building and currently operated as The Kalamazoo House, this distinctive Late Victorian house was originally owned by David Lilienfeld. Lilienfeld was born in Germany in 1836 and, along with his brother William, relocated to Kalamazoo 1859. The Lilienfelds were engaged in several business ventures including cigar making and wholesale liquor distribution and operated Lilies Cigar Company, which would grow to employ 250 workers at the height of production.

Today, the Kalamazoo House is owned by Laurel and Terry Parrott and serves as one of downtown Kalamazoo's premiere lodging destinations as a bed & breakfast.

National Register Information

The following information reflects the manner in which  The Lilienfeld House is categorized by the National Register of Historic Places and the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office.


  • Architecture/Engineering
  • Architecture

Historic Use:

  • Domestic - Single dwelling

Current Use:

  • Domestic - Hotel


  • Private

Architectural Style:

  • Late Victorian
  • Queen Anne
  • Eastlake

Period of Significance:

  • 1866-1900

Significant  Dates:

  • 1878

National Register Information System Item Number:

  • 86000119



Kalamazoo, the Place Behind the Products: an Illustrated History

  • Massie, Larry B. & Schmitt, Peter J.
  • 1998
  • H 977.418 M417A


National Register of Historic Places Official Website--Part of the National Park Service

National Register of Historic Places

The Official Website of the City of Kalamazoo

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