To all our faithful Hidden Kalamazoo Followers – since 2013, the Hidden Kalamazoo Tour has revealed secret spaces, both vacant and in active use, in downtown Kalamazoo. Over 5,000 people have toured the spaces traveling back in time for a glimpse of the past and a vision of what an old building can become. As of February 15, 2019, there are only TWO vacant spaces in downtown Kalamazoo that we have not toured – one of them has no staircase at all so access is only from a ladder to a window and the other has a staircase that will not hold up to lots of tourists. If you have been watching downtown, not only are the vacant spaces almost completely filled up, but the construction cranes towering over the changing skyline and new apartments, businesses, offices – and parking – are coming to downtown.

We are staying busy writing a book about the tour – about the buildings themselves, how people lived differently in multi-story buildings before electricity – and more. We plan to have the book available for purchase in October of 2019.