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Details: The iconic Martin J. Sweet House is a 2-story brick Italianate Villa that was designed originally as a family home on Fulton Street, the historic main street in early Grand Rapids. It features a distinctive square windowed cupola, a hip roof with large paired brackets. and tall Italianate windows with decorative trim, including a first-floor bay window.
HIstory: The Sweet House was built in the mid-1860s by Martin Sweet for his family, wife Desdemona Sweet and their three children Mattie, Cassius, and Frank. The Davis family owned it next, followed by the home being used as a boarding house in 1920. In 1927 the Women's City Club moved in and renovated it completely. In order to continuously maintain the building, the Women's City Club established the Sweet Foundation for that purpose. According to the Foundation, the Wedgewood Dining Room has hosted presidents hosted four U.S. Presidents: William McKinley, Teddy Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and Gerald Ford. One treat for the community has been the use of the Sweet House as one of the most popular Art Prize venues. Today the home is owned by the Sweet Foundation and is used as an event venue.