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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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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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  • The house is a gem and the docent did a great job. I didn't realize the extent to which Wright customized the home to the owner.May was short and the lower part of the windows were cut off just above ...  more »
  • If you like FLW homes, you will enjoy this free tour. It starts with a film about the restoration and follows with a waking tour of the home. The docent was knowledgeable and answered all questions we...  more »
  • It's a bit out of the way, but well worth the effort. This Prairie style home is overflowing with wright's unique take on the 'modern home' with the latest conveniences and his own innovation. He mana...  more »
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  • Excellently restored example of a Frank Lloyd Wright home. Tour is free and would gladly have paid to see this home. Tour guide was knowledgeable and answered all questions. Thanks to Steelcase for preserving this great piece of history!!
  • I didn't know it was a guided tour, but so glad it was. Tour guide was knowledgeable about the home. Fantastic!!! Highly recommend going.
  • The tour is very extensive about the house. It is a good attraction if you are in the area and have a few hours to spare but would definitely not recommend it for a drive from another place inorder to see it
  • A very interesting study of the designs of Frank Lloyd Wright. A completely restored home with all details refurbished.
  • A beautifully restored piece of history that lets you get hands on with a Frank Lloyd Wright house. It's pretty amazing and there's a lot to take in.