Kalamazoo Enterprise Center
- Kalamazoo MI
5,000 SF Restaurant
30,000 SF Flex Space
9,000 SF Flex Space
Kalamazoo’s history with the guitar dates back to the late 1800’s when a man by the name of Orville Gibson arrived in town and began designing his own innovative mandolins. By the early 1900’s, his company was also producing guitars and other stringed instruments and, throughout most of the next century, the Gibson Guitar Corporation grew to become the world’s premier guitar manufacturer. From 1917, that growth occurred at the historic 225 Parsons Street location, until 1984 when the company left Kalamazoo for good, closing the doors on the iconic factory.
Not long after, a few former senior employees had decided they wanted to continue the tradition of handcrafting beautiful, high quality electric guitars in Kalamazoo. By the spring of 1985, those individuals had acquired space at the former factory, purchased a lot of the old guitar-making equipment, and were ready to roll.
For nearly a full century, the factory at 225 Parsons Street in Kalamazoo has been a destination for guitarists, music enthusiasts, historians, and anyone proud of a great American story. As Heritage embarks on a new chapter of this ongoing history, we hope you’ll join us to watch it unfold.
The property offers restaurant space with beer garden, event space, performance space, and flex space for a variety of uses. The building will receive the same treatment that our team always gives to historic buildings: retaining whatever character we can, exposing brick and beam and highlighting the building’s inherent beauty.