Kalamazoo State Hospital aka Western Michigan Asylum was established in 1858.
Almost all of the buildings are torn down now, except for the distinctive water tower. With architecture as the historic significance, the Kalamazoo State Hospital Water Tower was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
William B. Stratton was the architect. The period of significance was 1850 to 1874.
The above web site has a list of the places in Kalamazoo that have been preserved. I can think of several that were torn down when I was a young child that have special memories for me.
I can't help but think it is a pity these places are gone.
Island Fest, Ribfest, Bluesfest, Winefest. Any excuse for a party at the Arcadia Festival site. Check the Chamber of Commerce website for what's happening during your trip.