Meyer May House, Grand Rapids

The Meyer May House is a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house in the Heritage Hill Historic District of Grand Rapids, Michigan, in the United States. It was built in 1908-09, and is located at 450 Madison Avenue SE. It is considered a fine example of Wright's Prairie School era, and "Michigan's Prairie masterpiece".HistoryCommissioned in 1908 by Meyer S. May, a prominent Grand Rapids clothier, and his wife Sophie Amberg, the house stands in contrast to the Victorian and Neoclassical houses typical of the period and neighborhood, the Heritage Hill neighborhood east of downtown Grand Rapids.Meyer May House is stylistically typical of Wright's Prairie houses, a two story, T-plan constructed of pale brick, with hip roofs and long broad eaves, art glass windows and skylights. The first floor windows are tucked under the eaves and raised from ground level, providing both privacy and providing light to the staircase and second floor gallery.Wright carefully sited the house to allow maximum southern exposure for the living room windows and skylights and to create a spacious yard for the perennial gardens. Each terrace and each section of art glass was artfully designed and placed to enhance the interior and to draw nature into the house. Doors open out to the terraces and gardens with garden walls and planters all incorporated into the design to intermingle the interior and exterior.
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  • Free, beautiful and really, really nice job on the renovation. A must visit!! In an historic neighborhood too.  more »
  • If you like Frank Lloyd Wright architecture, this is a gem! Fully restored and excellent docents who are well trained and love their "work."  more »
  • This Frank Lloyd Wright house from 1909 is in fantastic shape. I loved all the stained glass. You watch a short film on the restoration then tour the house. The whole place is a picture spot. A must s...  more »
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  • This is the first Frank Lloyd Wright house I've been to and it was awesome! The details throughout the house are incredible and interesting. It's amazing how much thought and consideration FLW put into creating this house for it's owners. The tour guides are knowledgeable and I love that it's free! Well worth the trip.
  • Lovely Frank Lloyd Wright home. Renovated years ago by a local architecture firm and kept up beautifully. Very sweet tour guides!
  • A wonderful example of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture, particularly with regard to his penchant for designing a structure specifically for the person who commissioned it. Meyer May was a person of small stature (5'2" or thereabouts), and the design fits him (ie. the height of most of the design elements.) The guides are fantastic and very knowledgeable, and before you begin the tour, you are introduced to the history of the house via an interesting video. I highly recommend the tour.
  • Rare frank lloyd wright home. Free admission. Sundays a good day to go. Not being lived in at present.
  • Awesome! One of the most authentic Wright houses I've seen. Well worth the time. And our guide was wonderful, knowledgeable, and willing to answer our million questions. Great time.

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Only five hotels provide lodging downtown, but each charms its guests with a distinctive character. A small collection of bed and breakfasts and inns populate Old Town. These hotels are a five-minute walk from the city's main attractions, top restaurants, and conference centers, so they tend to fill up fast. Book a room early to ensure you get the lodging of your choice. There are also hotel chains near the airport and in residential areas; public transport and taxi service link these to the city's downtown.
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