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Details: The Abram W. Pike House was completed in 1845 and is an example of the Classical Greek Revival style. The Pike House was added to the National Register of Historic Buildings in1970. The massive columns were salvaged from the remains of the Old Ottawa House Hotel at Pigeon Lake on the east shore of Lake Michigan, eight miles north of Holland, and brought to Grand Rapids in 1843 by a team of oxen. Inside the home, long folding doors separated the rooms.
History: Abram Pike (1814-1906) moved to Michigan from his Ohio farm in 1827, and in 1838 came to Grand Rapids in charge of a store established by the Port Sheldon Company. Abraham Pike worked as an Indian agent and a guide and it was said in the Michigan Tradesman that he was well-liked by the Indians and often had a large number at his home on Fulton. In 1920, Emily J. Clark, the owner at the time, donated the house to Grand Rapids Art Association for a gallery. Today it is an office building.