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American Eagle

  • Betty Ford Garden on East Side of Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum
  • 303 Pearl St. NW
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49504
  • Neighborhood:Downtown
  • (616) 254-0400

Created by Marshall Fredericks. Made in 1972 out of bronze.

A noble eagle prepares to take flight off of its pedestal. Constructed with angular shapes, the eagle is very geometric. This symbol of our country appears to be soaring, with the hard lines and sharp edges representing speed.

  • Accessible Restrooms:
  • Family Restrooms:
  • Automatic Doors:
  • Accessible Parking:
  • Signs with Braille:
  • Hearing Impaired Access:
  • Wheelchairs:
  • Getting Around: There is a courtyard and water feature outside the entrance. The courtyard connects to the parking lot to the south, and to Ah-Nab-Awen Park to the east.

    There are no steps along the parking lot side of the courtyard. There are steps along the park side of the courtyard. The water feature uses steps as a design feature. Viewing the feature from the north or east, and getting near the main design elements requires using these steps.

    The routes through the venue are wide and level.

    There is an elevator in the entrance lobby that provides access to all floors.
  • Parking: Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum Lot at 303 Pearl Street NW. — 0.00 miles from the venue.
  • Sensory: The venue is quiet.

    Some of the exhibition areas are dimly lit.
  • Entrance: The Main entrance has manual doors with door closers.

    The entrance is flush with the sidewalk.
  • Seating: There is bench seating available.
  • Restrooms: There are Men’s and Women’s single-user style restrooms with clear floor spaces present on the second floor.
Facility Info
Meeting Rooms
  • Largest Room 4095
  • Reception Capacity 300
  • Theatre Capacity 252
  • AudioVisual Services Yes
  • Auditorium Yes
  • Auditorium Seating 252
  • Concurrent Meeting Rooms 2
  • Conference Capacity 0
  • Number of Rooms 2
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 3100
  • Height: 12
  • Theater Capacity: 254
Michigan Room
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 750
  • Height: 12
  • Theater Capacity: 70
  • Classroom Capacity: 30
  • Height: 10
Main Lobby
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 2200
  • Banquet Capacity: 100
  • Reception Capacity: 250