Originally, the Rickman Hotel was a high-end establishment and one of Kalamazoo’s most prominent hotels during the city’s early history. Now it is the only significant historic hotel building left. The building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1994. This eight-story, neoclassical building was constructed in 1907–1908 by Claire Allen.
There are three primary facades, starting with the two-story base of rusticated limestone, followed by five stories of glazed white brick with quoined corners and square-head wood double-hung windows. Atop sits a classical, pressed metal cornice — an attic story with square head windows topped by a once very elaborate but now simplified metal cornice.
In 2011, the building underwent an 18-month, $12.3 million renovation, which converted (84) 150 sq. ft rooms into (49) efficiency apartments that now average 325–400 sq. ft. BlackBerry replicated (137) existing wood windows using a Traco 9700 Historic Single Hung thermally broken aluminum product. A new custom exterior brick mould panning was provided.
The original site lines and profiles were matched to replicate the original wood design and dimensions. All windows included high-performance insulated glass with low-e/argon. Seven large wood double hung and fixed combination window units were restored on the second floor front facades. All wood master frames and all sash components were shop-restored.
Restoration included complete abatement, stripping and epoxy consolidation, as well as prime and two-coat paint finish. All restored windows were re-glazed with ¼” clear annealed glass and covered on the interior with new interior storm windows.
The project was approved for Federal Historic Tax Credits by the National Park Service. Our completed work provides long-term energy efficiency while maintaining the building’s historic character.