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Marlborough Apartments

Identifier: RH-A-3478

Scope and Contents

The collection amounts to .05 cubic feet and is composed of a heavy cardboard sign, 12 ¼” x 7 ¼” which lists rules for residents living in the Marlborough Apartments located at 471 West South Street in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The board is off-white and the rules are printed in black in various sizes of type. The document is in good shape although there is some discoloration along the edges and some slight creasing at the corners. There are some spots on the back that may have been where some type of adhesive was located.


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.05 Cubic Feet

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Physical Description

The rules cover a wide range of subjects including collection of rent, behavior of children, noise, disposal of waste and a liability notice. In addition, there is a list of what residents should not do including not to throw food in the court or in front of the building and not use gasoline inside any of the apartments and that rugs can be shaken from windows and fire escapes. The Marlborough Apartments at 471 West South Street was completed in 1924. Designed by Billingham and Cobb and built by Henry VanderHorst, it was Kalamazoo’s largest apartment complex of the day. It also included office space at the street level. Beginning in the early 1980s, both the apartments and offices were converted into condominiums.


Also see A-3294 the Marlborough Condominium Association for the blueprints of the building. This accession was not added to that collection because A-3294 was directly from the Marlborough Condominium Association.

Marlborough Apartments Finding Aids
Lynn Houghton
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Repository Details

Part of the Western Michigan University Archives & Regional History Collections Repository

Charles C. and Lynn L. Zhang Legacy Collections Center
1650 Oakland Drive
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5307 US
(269) 387-8490