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Details: This stately white frame house was purchased by beloved painter Mathias Alten in 1917. The home is still owned by Anita Gilleo, Alten's granddaughter. It was part of a farm on the outskirts of the city and had, according to Alten's daughter Camelia Demmon "three and a half acres of fruit trees, a house, a barn, and a chicken coup." They would hold Sunday afternoon open house at the East Fulton house and always had visitors. Alten's wife Mrs. Bertha Alten would make cakes, there would be music and the company would have a great time. In 2009, the Mathias Alten house was added to the National Register of Historic Places. History: Alten (1871- 1938) was born in Germany and came to the U.S. at age 17, settling in Grand Rapids. Painting in oils and watercolors, over his lifetime, Alten completed over 3,400 paintings. Alten traveled extensively throughout Europe and the United States. A significant collection of Alten paintings are owned by the Grand Rapids Art Museum and over 70 are on permanent display at the George H. and Barbara Gordon Gallery at Grand Valley State University. Memories of Father, Mathias Alten 1871-1938 by Camelia Alten Demmon 1988 is found in the Alten Archive at Grand Valley State University.