The fact that Grand Rapids is home to the Meyer May House designed by Frank Lloyd Wright drew the interest of the Chicago-based ​Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy for its annual conference in 2013.

Hundreds of people attended the event, which included short bus trips to more than 20 other area homes designed by the renowned architect or his contemporaries.

The Conservancy website described Grand Rapids as "one of the nation’s great centers for the design and production of furniture during the late 19th and early 20th centuries," and a "fitting location to gain fresh insight on Wright’s remarkable output in the decorative arts."

The Conservancy's Larry Woodin said the all board members attended the conference, including a number of top Wright scholars.

"Plus, guest speakers have come to western Michigan to look at the body of work that's here, and they exchange ideas about how it's to be saved in this particular area, as well as other things that we've been doing the last year around the country," he said.

One attendee from St. Louis said the conference was "phenomenal."

"It's so marvelous to have all of these examples in one location where you can get to them in just a couple of days."