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Heritage Hill

Heritage Hill Historic District is one of the country’s largest urban historic districts. The neighborhood was the first to be established in the Grand Rapids area, and it is located in the city’s core, in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids. Heritage Hill is Grand Rapids’ original residential area, with residences going back to 1848. It was designated as the city’s first historic area in 1973. Heritage Hill is currently regarded as one of the most valuable assets to the Grand Rapids community, despite its hardships and controversies. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Crescent Street runs north, Union Avenue runs east, Pleasant Street runs south, and Lafayette Avenue runs west (west). The American Planning Association named Heritage Hill as one of America’s Great Places in 2012. Heritage Hill is home to Michigan’s most extensive and beautiful collection of 19th and early 20th century homes. The 1,300 buildings, which date back to 1844, represent nearly every style of American architecture, from the Greek Revival to Prairie. The historic district has buildings in a variety of architectural styles, including Greek Revival, Italianate, Colonial Revival, Chateauesque, Queen Anne, Shingle Style, and more than 50 others. The Meyer May Home, a painstakingly preserved prairie-style house built by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1908, is open to the public. The Meyer May House is offered for visits on various days and is now owned by Steelcase, a locally based, internationally linked office furniture firm. Entrepreneurs, academics, and politicians who molded the city previously called Heritage Hill home. The neighborhood is still as varied and prestigious today. Among the ancient residences on the Hill is a tiny but delightful selection of cafes. Food and wine from throughout the world, as well as freshly baked items, are available at neighborhood businesses. Three Bed & Breakfast businesses nestled among the historic mansions of Heritage Hill provide a unique overnight experience for guests visiting Grand Rapids. Peaches Bed & Breakfast is an attractive Georgian-style mansion with five bedrooms, each with a private bath, free Wi-Fi, and a full breakfast. Built in 1914, The Leonard at Logan House provides eight bedrooms, the majority of which have private baths, as well as free Wi-Fi, free laundry, and complementary breakfasts. The Lafayette House was built in 1874 in the Federal style. There are four bedrooms with private showers, cable TV, and wireless internet access. For some winter fun, go to Pleasant Park, a modest greenspace with playground equipment and a short sledding slope. Heritage Hill is first-class in every way. Heritage Hill is still one of the major urban neighborhoods in the country today.

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