Heritage Hill, Grand Rapids

Heritage Hill, Grand Rapids

This is generally the area of Grand Rapids between Division and Eastern, and Michigan and Franklin.  It is home to the famous Meyer May house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.  Be careful driving the streets here.  The uniqueness of these homes commands attention and it's easy to get distracted while driving!

Heritage hill was designated a historic district on March 11, 1971.  Most of the homes in this area were built between the late 1800's and early 1900's.  Representing the Victorian area of architecture, these unique buildings feature decorative turrets, bay windows, and multi gabled roofs.  The amount of detail in the overall design is amazing.  The industrial revolution made these intricate building materials more affordable to middle class families through technological advances and mass production.

Property preservation is overseen by the Historic Preservation Committee.  In order to preserve the architectural integrity, many modern building materials are not allowed.  For example, you cannot put vinyl siding on these historic homes.  There are two houses open for public viewing.  You can even find maps online for self guided walking tours.  Check out heritagehillweb.org to learn more.

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