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The State Hospital Water Tower

What is more familiar and yet more mysterious to Kalamazoo residents than the medieval looking water tower on the grounds of the Kalamazoo Psychiatric Hospital? KPL recently solved the mystery of the Water Tower with a program in the “This Old Building” series.

Sharon Ferraro, the city’s historic preservation coordinator, was the presenter. She discussed the history of the tower, what has been happening with it recently, and its possible future. The audience was particularly thrilled with the slide show which took them on a virtual tour around, inside, and on top of the tower.


An interview with Sharon Ferraro, followed by the complete presentation.


State Hospital Water Tower
Beth T