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GROWING GRAND RAPIDS…A Series of Architectural Walking Tours
Each of the
four tours is a different route!
All Parts will meet in the lobby of the JW Marriott.
Humans invent cities. We create streets and we construct buildings. Whether the
structures are historic, brand new, a combination of both, or a glimpse into
our future, they provide a creative portrayal of our collective story of our
“place”, our built environment. No one architectural style is more important
than another…they are all invaluable pages in our city’s scrapbook. Each
building tells a story as we physically move through time. Part One and Part
Two includes buildings prior to Urban Renewal and Part Three is the 1960’s
forward and into our architectural future. There are other architectural jewels
somewhere in between super old and “not yet”. Part Four is an attempt to fill
in the cracks…to connect the dots in our mind’s streetscape.
Part Two: Wednesday, April 28 (6:00 -7:30pm) #1454-S21B
Part Three: Wednesday, May 12 (6:00 -7:30pm) #1454-S21C
Part Four: Wednesday, May 26 (6:00 -7:30pm) #1454-S21D
Early East Grand Rapids Walking
area was first settled in the early 1830’s when the Reed family arrived from
New York state. By the 1870’s, the Reeds Lake area was a popular
summertime day trip destination for the people of Grand Rapids and surrounding
areas who made the long journey to spend the day picnicking, boating, swimming,
spending a leisurely day at the lake and to escape the heat of the city.
Perhaps you remember Ramona Park, Rose’s Bathing Beach, and the Grand Rapids
Yacht Club? Enjoy tales of the past and learn what’s happening today in this
charming city of just 10,000 people that was named recently as the third best
place to live in Michigan.
MEETING LOCATION: Parking Lot at D&W Fresh Market, 2181 Wealthy St SE, Grand
Rapids, MI 49506.
Wednesday, June 16 (6:00 – 7:30pm) $25 #1454-U21A
The Bloody Fifth Ward Walking tour
Imagine in the 1850’s, Plainfield Avenue as a bumpy, dusty or muddy dirt road,
connecting rural farmland to the city of Grand Rapids. It grew into a
central business district of its own, with a spunky personality. Serving
as the gateway into Grand Rapids from the north, the Creston neighborhood today
is still a vibrant, growing, thriving, artsy, energetic place to call home or
work or play. From its early days as the Bloody Fifth Ward to today -
there’s a lot of stories of the people and places in this, the largest of the
32 neighborhood associations in Grand Rapids.
MEETING LOCATION: parking lot behind Stones Throw Furniture
store, 1428 Plainfield Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505.
Wednesday, July 14 (6:00 – 7:30pm) $25 #1454-U21B
Remembering Rix Walking Tour
The story of this delightfully charming place we call Ada, actually began well
before Rix arrived in 1821. Learn about the indigenous peoples, the
importance of the rivers, and the arrival of the fur traders. Then, as we
stroll, you’ll hear how Ada and Ada Township grew from a rural, agrarian
community into today’s thriving business center, supporting 13,000 residents.
We will explore the recently renovated village of Ada with its new public
amphitheater and riverfront park, as well as a mix of “just opened"
retail, restaurants and residential options.
MEETING LOCATION: The Parking lot in front of the Ada Fresh
Market, 444 Ada Dr SE, Ada, MI 49301.
Wednesday, August 11 (6:00 – 7:30pm) $25 #1454-U21C