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Michigan Modern

The following Kalamazoo area houses and buildings have been recognized by the Michigan Modern Project as significant contributions to modernist design. The MMP has its goals the following:

  • Define Michigan’s role in the development of American modernism.
  • Rebrand Michigan based on its outstanding design heritage, which is less known but just as influential as its manufacturing heritage.
  • Develop a cultural heritage tourism initiative based on Michigan’s modern resources that will draw national and international attention.
  • Use the continued vitality of Michigan’s design industry to attract young, talented people to the state.
  • Raise awareness of the significance of modern resources and encourage their preservation and reuse.

“Greetings from Kalamazoo, Michigan” postcard, c. 1955

Kalamazoo Valley Community College

Firm: Alden B. Dow and Associates

Date: 1968

James and Sarah Kirkpatrick House

Firm: George Nelson, Gordon Chadwick

Date: 1958

Robert S. and Dorothy Bowers House

Firm: Norman F. Carver Jr.

Date: 1961

Charles Starring House

Firm: Norman F. Carver Jr.

Date: 1961

Frederick J. and Margaret L. Rogers House

Firm: Norman F. Carver Jr.

Date: 1961

Norman Jr. and Joan Carver House

Firm: Norman F. Carver Jr.

Date: 1955

Carver Center

Firm: Norman F. Carver Jr.

Date: 1958

Fountain of the Pioneers (Deaccessioned)

Firm: Alfonso Iannelli

Date: 1940

Western Michigan University Kanley Memorial Chapel

Firm: Ralph Calder and Associates

Date: 1953

Max and Lois Doering House

Firm: Edward Durrell Stone

Date: 1945

Dee and Gertrude Williams House

Firm: L. Morgan Yost

Date: 1945

Milo F. and Irma K. McCammon House

Firm: Harwell Hamilton Harris

Date: 1945

Joseph H. and Thelma M. Mitchell House

Firm: Alden B. Dow

Date: 1945

Eric and Zita Snyder House

Firm: Alden B. Dow

Date: 1945

James M. and Margaret I. Wilson House

Firm: Hugh A. Stubbins Jr.

Date: 1945

Daniel D. and Grace D. Gish

Firm: Hugh A. Stubbins Jr.

Date: 1945

Robert D. & Winifred L. Winn House

Firm: Frank Lloyd Wright

Date: 1952

Robert and Rae Levin House

Firm: Frank Lloyd Wright

Date: 1948, add. 1960

Eric Brown House

Firm: Frank Lloyd Wright

Date: 1949

Jack J. & Jeanne M. Frey House

Firm: George Sprau

Date: 1960

Ward R. and Helen E. McCartney House

Firm: Frank Lloyd Wright

Date: 1949

Ward B. and Helen McCartney House

Firm: Frank Lloyd Wright

Date: 1947


Kalamazoo Public Library Staff, Ryan Gage, June 2022

Sources
Online

Modern Michigan

Local History Room Files

Subject File: Wright, Frank Lloyd

Name File: Carver, Norman F. Jr.

Name File: Sprau, George Sr.

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