Asylum Lake Preserve

Saturday, July 22, 2017 • 9 a.m.
3836 S Drake Rd, Kalamazoo, MI



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Former site of State Hospital now beautiful sanctuary

Please join us for our Paint Out at historic Asylum Lake Preserve in Kalamazoo. This 274 acre sanctuary owned by Western Michigan University was the former home of the Michigan Asylum for the Insane. Today the property serves as a research area for professors and students of anthropology, biology, geography, hydrogeology, and environmental studies at WMU as well as other educational institutions.

In the summer of 1887, the Michigan Asylum for the Insane purchased the property for a total of $18,000 (later named the Kalamazoo State Hospital). By 1960, the complex consisted of five large buildings to house patients, a central heating plant, two garages, a pump house, and a water tower. The facility was phased out and finally abandoned in 1969. All buildings and most of the aboveground architecture were demolished in 1971. In 1977 the water tower was demolished and the entrances to tunnels were destroyed.

Discover the historic significance of Asylum lake by visiting the website:


CRITIQUE: 1:30 at concrete platform along lake edge

RESTROOMS: Porta-Jon available

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