Alexander Medical Office
118 West North Street, Kalamazoo

This rustic little structure was constructed in 1950. The curved line at the center front, as well as the horizontal band around the top of the building expose an Art Deco influence. Brick glass windows and aluminum bands between the stones are also typical Art Deco elements. The design was by the original owner, Dr. Cornelius Allen Alexander, who also enjoyed creating rustic sculptures and fountains, among other things.

A resident of Richland, Mich., Dr. Alexander and his wife owned and used the building for a medical practice into the late 1970s. Dr. Alexander is well-known as Kalamazoo’s longtime African-American physician, whose fascinating three-volume autobiography and oral history work were recently published by Western Michigan University’s Department of History.