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Meyer May House, Grand Rapids

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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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TripAdvisor
  • Even though this house has been extensively rehabbed it is well worth seeing. The character of Wrights work is all there 
  • 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...  more »
  • 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...  more »
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  • Excellent way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Tour guide was extremely knowledgeable, and made us appreciate the genius of Frank Lloyd Wright.
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  • Neat looking house if you're into architecture. The staff that showed us around seemed very knowledgeable and friendly. They were open to answer questions. I would recommend a visit at least once if you're in the area.
  • The staff are very knowledgeable, and the short film about the restoration of the house is interesting and informative. And, of course, Frank Lloyd Wright's design is stunning.
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