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Meyer May House

450 Madison Ave. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
616-246-4821
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Ranked #2 of 36 attractions in Grand Rapids
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites
Traveler Description: When the furniture manufacturer Steelcase purchased the Meyer May House it had been rented for some years; the roof was sagging, and it was in need... more »
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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43 reviews 43 reviews
15 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We enjoyed the tour of the May House very much. It was very interesting to see how the renovation was done and then to see the finished product.

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Aomori, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

We visited the Meyer May House in May 2014, The intro video was interesting, but far better was the tour of the property itself. The space was beautiful. Our docent was knowledgeable, engaging, and pleasant. She didn't gloss over that Wright, despite his artistry, was also deeply flawed as a person: patronizing towards women; and, possibly, a flat-out misogynist. The... More

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Chicago
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

I'm a huge fan of architecture and Wright is, of course, a major contributor. I have seen his homes in Chicago, Wisconsin, Falling Water, Buffalo, NY and this one takes the cake! Falling water is a masterpiece, but the Meyer May House has this special aspect---an unlimited grant from Case--the furniture company. The home has been rehabbed to the point... More

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Rochester, MI
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17 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

I've been here many times and always enjoy seeing the house as well as the video about their restoration. What a wonderful gift to the people of Grand Rapids (and us all) from Steelcase! Wish more companies would give back to their community in this way. And it's free!

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Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

The docents are very good, the house is very well maintained and if you want to see one of his best homes without the drive to Falling Waters this is a great place

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Temple City
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

Enjoyed the video which described the restoration process. Had a great docent for the tour. Very worthwhile--and it is free.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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10 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

We learned of this FLW house renovation from a friend and were SO GLAD we were able to visit. It is the BEST renovation I've ever toured. It was completely and correctly! renovated by Steelcase back in the days when the systems furniture was privately owned and had philanthropic funds available. Grand Rapids is known as the furniture town and... More

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

Frank Lloyd Wright designed, prairie style; fully restored and period furnishings; docent led tours, lovely, tour is brief, but not for small children. Tuesdays & Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays from 1-5 p.m.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

Such a beautiful example of a Frank Lloyd Wright prairie style home, painstakingly restored to its original appearance by Steelcase. Hours are limited, so be sure to check the website before visiting. The tour is free and informative. I didn't have a chance to visit the garden, due to the 12 inches of snow on the ground when I was... More

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Probably the finest restoration of a Frank Lloyd Wright prairie style home in the country! It is open Sunday 1-5, Tuesday and Thursday 10-2. The video about the restoration is wonderful background before your tour of the house. Tours are always FREE! Docents are extremely knowledgable and friendly. The grounds are meticulously cared for and beautiful during spring, summer and... More

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