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Administrative Building 88


Scope and Contents

The renowned Administration building #88 on Portage Rd. was the epitome of the international style architecture at the time and won many awards for being such an exemplary building. Material in this series uses the original folder names starting with a "Real Estate" heading to preserve the original order of the records.

The records for this building start in 1956 when the planning stage began, and end in 1961 when the building was finished and employees were moved into the building. This material documents the entire process that went into planning and constructing the building which includes the contract with the contractors, the first full conceptual blueprint of the building, cost estimates, space estimates, interior design choices, monthly progress reports of construction, and finally the closing report that was given to the top executives.


  • Creation: 1887-2001



From the Collection: 200 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

For More Information

For more information on Building #88 see "Local Newspaper Clippings", "U. S. News Clippings", "Magazines" and "Reports to Shareholders" for years 1958-1961, and see folders in "Conferences in Meetings". Also, see the photo collection for photos of a completed Building #88 as well as the progression of construction from an aerial view.

Repository Details

Part of the Western Michigan University Archives & Regional History Collections Repository

Charles C. and Lynn L. Zhang Legacy Collections Center
1650 Oakland Drive
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5307 US
(269) 387-8490