By Ian Flanagan
Henderson Castle — Kalamazoo’s landmark 1895 bed and breakfast bought for $1.3 million — is on the market for $850,000, according to an MLive real estate listing updated Monday. Marketed as a single-family home, the Castle, listed on The National Register of Historic Places, could cease hosting guests and local community functions if sold to new owners.
Peter and Laura Livingstone-McNelis, the Castle’s proprietors, barely kept the bed and breakfast open in 2011 due to a $100,000 debt they could not pay, according to the MLive.com.
According to MLive.com, extensive fundraising in the Kalamazoo community — including $25,000 from a Battle Creek non-profit in January — helped float the Castle into the new year. The bed and breakfast’s long-term future, however, is unclear.
The Castle’s website lists major fundraising events that started in April and continue through June with the a benefit concert, the second hosted by the Castle. Despite these efforts, Carlson Realtors & Development has kept the building for sale, even decreasing the price by $100,000 in January.
The bed and breakfast’s amenities currently include a rooftop hot tub, a marble steam room and an art gallery inside the ballroom, according to the castle’s website. It is unlikely that many K students have stayed overnight, since room prices start at $175, but many will still mourn the community’s potential loss of the Castle.
“It has such character,” junior Molly Waytes said of the Castle as a cultural institution.
Sophomore Emily Cain hoped that, if sold, the Castle would not be demolished. “It’s cool that you can go up on top of the hills in Kalamazoo and see the castle. Even empty, it’s an asset,” she said.
Peter and Laura Livingstone-McNelis could not be contacted to comment on the future of their property.