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".HistoryThe Meyer May House was commissioned in 1908 by Meyer S. May, president of May's clothing store in Grand Rapids, and his wife Sophie. The house's appearance stands in contrast to the Victorian houses typical of the period and the Heritage Hill neighborhood.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. Leaded and colored glass accented doors and casement windows open out to terraces and gardens with garden walls and planters incorporated into the design.
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  • What a great find! Usually a place like this has an admission fee. We were amazed to find that it was free. We were there for around 2 hours. The video at the beginning was fascinating and included th...  more »
  • A friend and I visited this spur of the moment. The house itself is captivating. The curator that we had was very knowledgeable, witty & friendly. This tour inspires me to seek out other Frank Lloyd W...  more »
  • Loved the windows, and really admired the interior design. The kitchen and living areas were fantastic.  more »
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  • Great tour of this lovely Frank Lloyd Wright designed home. The detail was stunning. Our tour guide was charming and gave a very interesting and informative tour. A day well spent.
  • Video before the tour has good detailed information on the restoration. The tour guide gave great insight into the history of the house.
  • Interesting film of the restoration process. No fee to see film and docent tour of the home. No excuse to not see this early Frank Lloyd Wright home.
  • 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.
  • So interesting! The opportunity to walk through this meticulously restored 1908 Frank Lloyd Wright home is priceless!
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