The “Wright” place in Grand Rapids


Located in a lovely historic residential neighborhood just southeast of downtown Grand Rapids is the spectacular Meyer May House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1909. Built at approximately the same time as the Robie House in Chicago, The Meyer May House is a stunning visual treat for anyone who enjoys great architecture, innovative design, and a lovely setting. Alison and I had the distinct privilege of touring the home yesterday (Sunday) afternoon.


The tour begins with a 25 minute video about the restoration efforts in the adjacent visitor’s center and continues with an approximately one-hour guided walk throughout the facility. Thank goodness that the good people at  Steelcase Corporation came through to buy and restore this magnificent home to its original appearance and design in the late 1980s. The company still owns the home and offers free guided tours on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays.  All of Greater Grand Rapids should be very proud to have such a national treasure in its midst.

Below are a series of photographs taken during the tour of the home’s interior and exterior, although they don’t begin to do the outstanding architecture true justice. Enjoy!



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6 Responses to The “Wright” place in Grand Rapids

  1. basil berchekas jr says:

    LOVE that prairie style home!


  2. Dianna A says:

    Some years ago I lived two blocks from there on Paris. I have taken the tour several times; I could tour it many more and not tire of that lovely home.


  3. Dave Bee says:

    We included a drive-by on the trolley tour when the MAP Conference was in Grand Rapids. Lunch in one of the nearby restaurants, followed by a tour of the home, is a great was to spend a Sunday afternoon.


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