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Meyer May House

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Address: 450 Madison Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503-5312
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+1 616-246-4821
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Sun 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tue 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Thu 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Built for a prominent merchant in 1908, this prairie-style house designed...

Built for a prominent merchant in 1908, this prairie-style house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright is located in the elegant Heritage Hill district, where over 60 architectural styles are represented.

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This is a classic Wright design

Even though this house has been extensively rehabbed it is well worth seeing. The character of Wrights work is all there

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Even though this house has been extensively rehabbed it is well worth seeing. The character of Wrights work is all there

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My friends with whom I was traveling, and I are all lovers of FLW architecture; that he was a despicable person is another story. None the less, May House in Grand Rapids is a wonderfully-restored and beautiful example of Wright's genius. I have been to MANY FLW sites and May House, located in Grand Rapids' historic district should not be... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This was my favorite site for a weekend exploring Grand Rapids. Built in 1908 and designed by Wright it has been painstakingly restored down to the upholstery and carpets, paint, etc. It takes 90 mins starting with a 30 min film on the restoration and then a docent led tour which is well done. You get to see everything except... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We decided to stop in and tour the house while we were in the area. We have been to other Frank Lloyd Wright homes so it was a must. You start out in the house next door with a short movie showing the history of the house. Then you are sent over to the house with a tour guide. The... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2016 via mobile

This is a wonderful house built by Frank Lloyd Wright wonderful and very knowledgeable staff .The home was redone, by Steelcase Corporation everything was as it was when it was built for the Mays, exciting to have been there.

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Wixom, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2016

Well done renovation, very educational about the architect and the house; nice neighborhood for walking and there is another FLW house nearby. We had the free sunday tour starting at 1pm, with a 1/2 hour video of history of house and renovation- well done. Docent was knowledgeable and pleasant - we had plenty of time to see things and ask... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2016

As an artist, designer and avid follower of great architecture, this is a must see! Drove out of my way to see it and didn;t know it was special until I saw it live…love it!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2016

The history of the home and the story of the renovation are very interesting and well delivered starting with the introduction video and continued by a knowledgeable docent. The extent of work undertaken to get the home and it's furnishing back to early original state is impressive. The setting in the historic Heritage Hills district gives one a great sense... More 

Thank Daniel S
Salida, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016

Steelcase bought and renovated this amazing house and shares it for free a few days of the week. Well worth the visit, the story is amazing in the great detail they went to to restore this house. No bags to put on your shoes, they made multiple sets of carpet, just like original, to let guests tromp around on so... More 

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Detroit, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016 via mobile

Wonderful end to a getaway weekend with my husband. The historic house was painstakingly restored by dozens of artisans. I've never been a big fan of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture, but now have a new found appreciation. The docents are very knowledgeable and share great stories. Great way to spend an afternoon in Grand Rapids.

Thank Laura M

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