Meyer May House, Grand Rapids
Categories: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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.Take a look at our Grand Rapids itinerary builder to schedule your visit to Meyer May House and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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Wonderfully informative tour of an architectural jewel. Guides were friendly and knew all about the home. House was restored to its original glory, sparing no expense. It is open only a few days a wee... read more »
A worthwhile excursion while visiting Grand Rapids. The tour starts with a film that documents the actual restoration which provides a detailed look at the impressive scope of work that went into rest... read more »
We're big fans of Frank Lloyd Wright houses. So wherever we travel we check to see if there are any FLW houses to visit. The Meyer May house was one of our more enjoyable FLW houses for several reason... read more »
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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.
Roger W. Tiller
Great experience! Tour guide was great and the kids loved it.
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