Welcome to Architecture Grand Rapids where you will find guided architectural tours, stories about homes and buildings, interesting neighborhoods, classic and modern architectural styles, and a growing list of architects and contractors who created the built environment in Greater Grand Rapids and neighboring cities between 1850-1980.
Details: Take a step back in time to 1916 when this monumental English Gothic church was completed at a cost of approximately $212,000. The exterior is Sandusky limestone and the stained glass windows were designed by the Philadelphia Willet Stained Glass Studios. In 2014 the tower was rebuilt for structural reasons and the lovely rosette window was placed there. Step inside to see the original terrazzo floors inlaid by Italian artisans and Tiffany Favrile glass windows with Gothic tracery in the Sanctuary. The solid oak pews were built and installed by the local company American Seating Company in 1916 and the sanctuary seats 800. The addition on the north side of the church was completed in 1969.
History: The First United Methodist Church on Fulton was organized first in 1835 by a group of settlers who came to Grand Rapids in a covered wagon and built their first church on Division and Fountain Streets. The current building was designed by the well-known local architectural firm Robinson & Campau and was dedicated from April 9-16, 1916. The names of veterans who served in WWI, WWII and other U.S. conflicts are inscribed on two brass plates in the narthex.