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I just discovered an article which explains the Telegraph building in Kalamazoo.  As I’ve mentioned before, it was built by my great-great-grandfather Richard DeKorn.  In my earlier post today I wrote about him building the Pythian building.  From this article, I now find that the two buildings are the same.  The Telegraph building was for the Kalamazoo Telegraph, a rival newspaper to the Kalamazoo Gazette.  This article explains the history.

The building was first called the Telegraph Building and later the Pythian Building. Apparently it is also called the Park Building, according to the website of the Portage District Library.

Be sure to look at the article because it has a couple of great photos of the building, including one from 1881 where the front is festooned with striped awnings and garlands.

The building stood at 132 W. South Street, near the intersection of Rose, across from the Kalamazoo Public Library.

Does it still stand there?  I no longer live in Kalamazoo, so I don’t know.  I looked on a Google satellite map, and this is what I found.  Is this a new building or a remodel of the old building or am I at the wrong address?  Does anyone know?  BREAKING NEWS:  the Miller Canfield building was built on this property.  Great-great-grandfather’s building was probably demolished in 2005 or 2006, according to reader Kathryn Lightcap.

So once again, here are the photos I’ve published on here of the Telegraph building site and then of the finished building, eventually known as the Pythian or Park building.

Telegraph Building

Telegraph Building

Pythian Building

Pythian Building

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