Historic Preservation

Kalamazoo has five local historic districts to preserve the character and historical significance of buildings in the city. Exterior work done on homes and buildings in historic districts must undergo a review to ensure it meets certain standards. Basically, this means that the work should not change the historic character of the building, that parts should be repaired instead of replaced, and that if needed replacements should match the original. Most projects in historic districts can be approved by the City's Historic Preservation Coordinator. In some cases, review by the Historic District Commission is necessary.