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Grand Rapids in 1856

Scene of early Grand Rapids viewed from the...

Morton Hotel Construction

Morton Hotel Construction


The view looks north across the construction site and along Ionia Ave. At the far right is the Ashton Building, formerly the Pythian Temple, and to its left the Klingman Furniture Building. The small building to its left was the Bell Telephone Building, and next to it the back of the Manufacturers Building, current home of Kendall College of Art and Design. The "Manufacturer's" name can still be seen over the door on the Division Ave. side of the building. The information at the bottom of the photo mentions the Kent State Bank, later becoming Old Kent Bank, which also occupied the building for many years.


Full Details

TitleMorton Hotel Construction
Current AddressNW corner Monroe Center and Ionia
Pre 1912 AddressNW corner Monroe and Ionia
ArchitectWilliam Holabird and Martin Roche of Chicago
ContractorOwen, Ames, Kimball
Date Constructed1922-23
Original OwnerJ. Boyd Pantlind
Original UseHotel

Title from document. The Morton Hotel, or Morton House as it was sometimes named, no longer serves as a hotel. The building has been converted to the Morton House apartments. The original Morton House, constructed by Israel Smith and George Morton, was built shortly after the fire of 1872. However, a hotel, erected by Hiram Hinsdill, stood on this site as early as 1835.

CollectionGrand Rapids Public Museum

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