One of the best times of year to get out of your house and explore Grand Rapids is in the Spring. As leaves begin to sprout and flowers bloom, we are reminded of the historic and significant architecture that our wonderful city has to offer. Touring the Meyer May House in the historic Heritage Hill Neighborhood is just one of the activities that should be on your to-do list this Spring.
Originally designed by Frank Loyd Wright in 1908 and commissioned by Meyer S. May, this home stands in stark contrast to the Victorian design popularized during the same time period. Making use of prairie style aesthetics and broad design lines, the home played an integral role in revolutionizing modern home design standards for today.
In 1985, the Meyer May House was purchased by Steelcase furniture company with the aim of restoring the house to its original glory. Opening to the public in 1987, the home underwent a significant amount of detailed upgrades including the repairing of over 100 windows, the reconstruction of the original style roof, and the reopening of the previously closed off veranda.
Walking the grounds, be sure to note Wright’s use of the broad window eaves and skylights spanning the entirety of the house. Located on the dividing wall in-between the dining room and living room you will see “Hollyhocks,” a pastel mural by George Niedecken, artist and original interior designer for the home. The use of natural sunlight is ideal for viewing original artwork and furniture displayed in every room and will make for a unique viewing experience, no matter what time of day you visit.
If you would like to take a tour of the Meyer May House, public hours are on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10AM – 1PM, and Sundays from 1PM – 4PM. However, if you plan on bringing a group of 10 or more, then you are encouraged to contact ahead of time here.
After tour plans?
If you are feeling a bit hungry after your tour maybe consider traveling a few blocks north and grabbing a bite to eat at Martha’s Vineyard, or any of the other great stores and restaurants Grand Rapids has to offer. And additionally, if you are in the market for your next home or condo we encourage you to talk with our team today to view or tour any of our available properties.