Kalamazoo's old Columbia Hotel recreated in Lego. The building still stands and is now the Columbia Plaza office building and home to Sarkozy Bakery.
About this creation
The Columbia Hotel was one of Kalamazoo's leading hotels for much of the 20th century. I have written a detailed history of the real building for the Kalamazoo Public Library's website that can be viewed at this link.
I built a model inspired by the Columbia about 13 years ago, seen above. That was limited by my skills and color selections at the time. I retired that model from public shows several years ago with the intention of replacing it with a more accurate representation. The arrival of large quantities of medium dark flesh bricks, which replicates the actual building's color fairly well, made that goal possible.
The new model faithfully reflects the hotel's main facade. However, the building is not as deep as it should be, in order to keep it on a single baseplate depth. The ground floor features a lobby, restaurant, and shop. The roof is topped by an electric sign, which graced the real Columbia for several decades.
The model debuted at my display during the Hidden Kalamazoo Tours in June, 2016.
For some time now, many builders have been venturing to the fringes of building methods, as countless new parts allow for more and more complexity in technique. There's something really cool and refreshing about the large scale works that - to me - go back to the basics of Lego. Point being, you stack a mean brick! Love the color choices and the scale of this piece. Terrific work!