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Meyer May House

Skylights and leaded glass windows combine with the leafy décor to create the melodious and airy setting of Michigan’s Prairie Masterpiece, restored to past glory.

With its prairie house design and harmonious use of greenery, the Meyer May House has the trademark touches of its famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. It was completed in 1909 for clothing magnate Meyer May, before being restored and opened for tours in the late 20th century. Follow a guide through the halls and rooms of the house for a glimpse of the original décor and furnishings. 

Notice the parapets, staircases and pillars that make up this two-story house. Consider the relationship between form and function as you explore the interior. Admire the colorful panels in the windows, which take up large portions of the walls to enable the house to glow with natural light. On one of the walls is a pastel mural of hollyhock flowers, adding to the bright and natural setting.

Chat with the guide about the changes to the house over the years. It strayed from the architect’s vision in the 1960s, when it was converted into multiple apartments. However, the Steelcase Company bought the property and returned it to its initial state. Watch the short video The Renewing of a Vision for a better idea of how the company completed the two-year restoration with painstaking accuracy.

Appreciate the serenity in the manicured gardens, with their well-kept bright green lawn and carved hedges. Plants climb up the walls of the building, creating a natural aesthetic common in Wright’s architecture.

The Meyer May House is a little southeast of the downtown district of Grand Rapids. Take a bus here from the city center to arrive in about 10 minutes. You can also drive and leave your car along the adjacent streets. Join one of the free tours, which are available on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday afternoons. 

See some other nearby sights, such as the Cathedral of Saint Andrew and Pleasant Park.


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Hyatt Place Grand Rapids Downtown £125
Hyatt Place Grand Rapids Downtown

Hyatt Place Grand Rapids Downtown

140 Ottawa Ave, Grand Rapids, MI
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Downtown, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Grand Rapids Art Museum and DeVos Performance Hall. Van Andel Arena and Public Museum of Grand Rapids are also within 10 minutes. Grand Rapids Station is 16 minutes by foot.

    Homewood Suites by Hilton Grand Rapids Downtown £114
    Homewood Suites by Hilton Grand Rapids Downtown

    Homewood Suites by Hilton Grand Rapids Downtown

    161 Ottawa Avenue N.W., Grand Rapids, MI
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Downtown, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Grand Rapids Art Museum and DeVos Performance Hall. Van Andel Arena and Public Museum of Grand Rapids are also within 10 minutes. Grand Rapids Station is 17 minutes by foot.

      Amway Grand Plaza, Curio Collection by Hilton £137
      Amway Grand Plaza, Curio Collection by Hilton

      Amway Grand Plaza, Curio Collection by Hilton

      187 Monroe Ave Nw, Grand Rapids, MI
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Downtown, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of DeVos Performance Hall and Public Museum of Grand Rapids. Van Andel Arena and Downtown Market are also within 1 mile (2 km). Grand Rapids Station is 16 minutes by foot.

        The Leonard at Logan £132
        The Leonard at Logan

        The Leonard at Logan

        440 Logan Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Grand Rapids, this bed & breakfast is within a 15-minute walk of Meyer May House and Downtown Market. Van Andel Arena and DeVos Performance Hall are also within 2 miles (3 km). Grand Rapids Station is 24 minutes by foot.

          The Parsonage Inn LLC £140
          The Parsonage Inn LLC

          The Parsonage Inn LLC

          423 Madison Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI
             
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in the heart of Grand Rapids, this bed & breakfast is within a 15-minute walk of Meyer May House and Downtown Market. Grand Rapids Children's Museum and Van Andel Arena are also within 1 mi (2 km). Grand Rapids Station is 22 minutes by foot.

            JW Marriott Hotel Grand Rapids £207
            JW Marriott Hotel Grand Rapids

            JW Marriott Hotel Grand Rapids

            235 Louis Campau Promenade Nw, Grand Rapids, MI
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Downtown, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of DeVos Performance Hall and Public Museum of Grand Rapids. Van Andel Arena and Downtown Market are also within 1 mile (2 km). Grand Rapids Station is 14 minutes by foot.

              The Brauhaus Inn £125
              The Brauhaus Inn

              The Brauhaus Inn

              611 Madison Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Grand Rapids, this bed & breakfast is within 1 mi (2 km) of Meyer May House and Downtown Market. Van Andel Arena and DeVos Performance Hall are also within 2 miles (3 km). Grand Rapids Station is 24 minutes by foot.

                Hampton Inn & Suites Grand Rapids Downtown £99
                Hampton Inn & Suites Grand Rapids Downtown

                Hampton Inn & Suites Grand Rapids Downtown

                433 Dudley Place NE, Grand Rapids, MI
                   
                  2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Midtown, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Heritage Hill Historic District and DeVos Performance Hall. Van Andel Arena and Public Museum of Grand Rapids are also within 2 miles (3 km).