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Historic Homes

The lumber and furniture industries fueled great fortunes in Grand Rapids during the 19th and early 20th centuries - and many of our historic homes reflect the excess of those lavish times.

Heritage Hill. One of the nation's largest urban historic districts is located adjacent to downtown Grand Rapids. Its 1,300 homes date back to 1843 and represent more than 60 architectural styles. This Old House magazine named Heritage Hill the best old-house neighborhood in Michigan.

The Heritage Hill Association conducts an annual home tour in May and a garden tour in July. You can take your own walking tour any day of the year - just download this map as your guide.

Meyer May House. This dazzling restoration of a 1909 Frank Lloyd Wright design provides the rare opportunity to experience a Prairie-style home just as Wright intended - complete with original furnishings.

Voigt House. Built in 1896, this three-story brick mansion is pure Victorian. It's opulently restored, inside and out. A property of Grand Rapids Public Museum, the home is open to the public for special events throughout the year - most notably for "Christmas at the Voigt House" every December.

Cappon House and Settlers House Museums. These two meticulously restored homes showcase the "upstairs-downstairs" division of late 1800s life in Holland - one is an Italianate mansion built by a rags-to-riches Dutch immigrant, the other is a simple working-class home. Cappon House is furnished with one of the country's largest collections of early Grand Rapids furniture in its original setting.

Hackley & Hume Historic Site. This site preserves the homes of Muskegon's most famous labor baron and his business partner. The houses are some of the best examples of Queen Anne residential-style architecture in the country.