Henderson Castle officially achieves non-profit status, celebrates 120 years

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Thursday night, modern philanthropy meets historic charm, as we usher in a new era for Kalamazoo's iconic Henderson Castle.

After 120 years of private ownership, the 25-room Queen Anne mansion on West Main Hill officially became a 501(c)(3) non-profit entity, owned by the public.

A new Henderson Castle foundation will maintain and improve the building, and open a cooking school.

Our own Andy Dominianni was honored to be the emcee of a dinner Thursday night to mark the occasion, along with musician Matt Giraud, of American Idol fame.

One of the castle's new goals will be to endow local artists, including Kalamazoo filmmaker Kyle Misak, who just completed a movie on the premises.

The castle's caretaker, Francois Moyet, also observed a moment of silence Thursday to remember the victims of Friday's terrorist attacks in his native France.

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