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Grand Rapids in 1856

Scene of early Grand Rapids viewed from the...

D. A. Blodgett Home for Children

D. A. Blodgett Home for Children

The three story Neoclassical style, brick building has four white pillars centrally positioned. A porch runs across the front of the building with access by a double staircase. An inscription on the upper face of the building reads, "Home for Children Erected A.D. 1908." The barren trees indicate late fall or winter.


Full Details

TitleD. A. Blodgett Home for Children
Current Address920 Cherry St. SE
Pre 1912 Address662 Cherry St. SE
ArchitectAsbury W. Buckley, Chicago, IL
ContractorN. J. Westra, Grand Rapids
Date Constructed1908
Original OwnerChildren's Home Society
Original UseOrphanage
NeighborhoodFairmount Square District
Information SourceICCF; Michigan Tradesman, September 16, 1908, page 2

The date of the photograph is unknown.
In 1935 the building was leased to the Mary Free Bed Guild for an Orthopedic Center and in 1949 the Delos A. Blodgett Estate deeded the entire property to the Mary Free Bed Guild. In November of 2007 the building, saved from demolition and beautifully restored, was opened by ICCF, a non-profit institution.

CollectionGrand Rapids History & Special Collections, Grand Rapids Public Library

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