Greenleaf Trust, in Kalamazoo, was a renovation project which arose in response to a need to relocate the offices of a growing wealth management and retirement planning firm. The project was conducted as part of a concentrated rehabilitation of a city block in downtown Kalamazoo, intended to perpetuate positive revitalization efforts already taking place throughout the community.
The 1921 Federal-style structure is sited between a pedestrian mall and a large urban park in the heart of downtown Kalamazoo. The renovated building consists of three above ground stories and one level partially below grade, which provides tunnel access to an adjacent parking ramp being built as part of a major construction project next door.
The shell of the Federal-style structure was left intact, while the interior was reappointed with fixtures and furnishings in a style that coordinates with related offices in the adjacent new structure. Rosewood wall paneling, stepped ceilings, light fixtures, inlay patterned rosewood doors, and running profile trim all feature Art Deco styling and are set off by stainless steel accents, black lacquer trim, and geometric glass mosaic tiling to create a sophisticated and refined look that reflects the formal nature of the business within.