Heritage Hill has 1,300 homes that date from 1848 and representing over 60 architectural styles. To understand just how diverse these styles can be, visit the Voight House Museum, a beautiful example of Queen Anne architecture and then walk a few blocks over to the Meyer May house which was Frank Lloyd Wright’s first commission in Michigan. Heritage Hill is adjacent to downtown and was the first “neighborhood” in Grand Rapids. The original owners of these homes were everything from lumber barons and judges to teachers. Today the people that occupy this neighborhood still come from all types of backgrounds, ethnic groups and incomes.
The Heritage Hill Neighborhood Association has information about walking tours of Heritage Hill and the very cool Heritage Hill mapping project. They host an annual home tour the first weekend in October.
Matt (docksidepress) has over 300 photos from Heritage Hill, you can view more photos of Heritage Hill in the Absolute Michigan pool on Flickr and see even more photos and information about Heritage Hill from Rapid Growth. There’s also a book titled Almost Lost: Building and Preserving Heritage Hill by Thomas Logan that explores how close Grand Rapids came to losing the neighborhood in the 60s and 70s.
We’ll be featuring more Michigan Neighborhoods all month on Absolute Michigan!