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450 Madison Ave SE

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Free
Tues, Thur 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | Sun 1-4 p.m.

Details

Free, Historic Homes/Mansions Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend

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Architecture buffs will want to plan a visit to the Meyer May House, a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home located in the city's Heritage Hill Historic District. Originally constructed in 1908, the house was built for Meyer and Sophie May; Meyer's family owned a local department store. Though the house eventually fell into disrepair, it was carefully restored and opened to the public in 1987. A Michigan historic site, the home is considered one of Wright's most elegant Prairie residences. Inside, visitors will find details that have come to define Wright's style, including art glass windows, skylights, built-in cabinetry and geometrically patterned screens.  

Recent travelers praised the house's restoration, the knowledgeable docents and furnishings. Many said the house is a "hidden gem" in Grand Rapids.

You'll find the Meyer May House about a mile southeast of downtown Grand Rapids. The house is open Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. Touring the property is free. The attraction recommends you set aside at least 90 minutes to enjoy the tour and accompanying film. Free street parking is available. For more information, visit the official website.

 

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