Digital Storytelling and Visitor Analytics for City and Cultural Institutions
Born in Michigan to the niece of Louis Campeau, founder of Grand Rapids, Martin. A Ryerson became the richest man in Chicago by age 36. Heir to a large fortune and a successful businessman in his own right, Ryerson shared his wealth with the cities he loved though his patronage of the arts. As such, he donated $300,000 to the Grand Rapids Public Library.
Built in 1902 to 1904, the Beaux-Arts style architecture of the Grand Rapids Public Library (formerly the Ryerson Library) is nothing short of spectacular. The exterior is constructed with limestone, and the interior features Italian marble steps and wainscoting. A portrait of Ryerson emerges from the marble stairs as a thank you to the man who made this place possible.
Featuring grand scale arched windows that allow for plenty of natural light, the Ryerson atrium is the perfect place to get a little reading done--and snap an Instagram photo while you're doing it. Focus on the architectural details or put yourself in the shot. For the most wow-inspiring picture, take a unique angle and include a peek at the red walls and intricate marble.
Cover photo credit: instafenton via Instagram.