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Seven Buildings - Grand Rapids Architectural Treasures

Grand Rapids has a rich treasure of historic architecture and sleek modern buildings. Five of the seven buildings on this self-guided architectural tour are in easy walking distance from each other including Grand Rapids oldest, civil-war era, commercial building, the 1916 Pantlind Hotel, an early 1928 Art Deco skyscraper bank, the Depression-era 1930's Civic Auditorium, and the 1960's City-County Administation Buildings with its red Calder Stabile "La Grand Vitesse." Just a short distance away you will find the Heritage Hill Historic District and the Meyer May House designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Complete the tour with a stop at Cherry Street to see the beautifully restored D.A. Blodgett Home for Children and enjoy one of the many food and drink venues. The mission of ARCHITECTURE GRAND RAPIDS is to resarch, document and preserve Grand Rapids architectural history.

  • 1.

    Grand Rapids Civic Auditorium

    Grand Rapids Civic Auditorium

    Enjoy the river view from the grand stairs. Check out the stunning art deco lobby beyond the portico.

  • 2.

    D.A. Blodgett Home for Children-ICCF Building

    D.A. Blodgett Home for Children-ICCF Building

    This beautifully restored building led the way in innovative child welfare programs when founded in 1908.

  • 3.

    Pantlind Hotel - Amway Grand Plaza Hotel

    Pantlind Hotel - Amway Grand Plaza Hotel

    Step inside the Amway Grand Plaza lobby to glimpse the past in the luxurious former Pantlind Hotel.

  • 4.

    The Flat Iron-Smith, Haughey, Rice & Roegge

    The Flat Iron-Smith, Haughey, Rice & Roegge

    Grand Rapids oldest (1860) commercial building displays whimsical sculptures in the ground floor window.

  • 5.

    City-County Administration Buildings

    City-County Administration Buildings

    Don't miss two of the city's modern architecture icons behind the bright red Calder "La Grand Vitesse."

  • 6.

    Meyer May House - Frank Lloyd Wright

    Meyer May House - Frank Lloyd Wright

    Explore Heritage Hill Historic district to tour the restored Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Meyer May House.

  • 7.

    Grand Rapids Trust Building &City Flats Lobby

    Grand Rapids Trust Building &City Flats Lobby

    The soaring 1928 Art Deco skyscraper bank is decorated with sculpture carved in the Terra Cotta exterior.

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