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Street Light in Front of City Hall

Street Light in Front of City Hall


An example of the type of street light used in the downtown business district at the turn of the century. The City Hall, a slate-roofed stone building was completed and dedicated in 1888. The front entrance seen in the photo was located on Lyon, but other entrances were on Ionia and Ottawa.


Full Details

TitleStreet Light in Front of City Hall
Current AddressLyon and Ottawa
Pre 1912 AddressLyon and Ottawa
ArchitectElijah E. Myers
ContractorW.D. Richardson, Springfield, IL
Date Constructed1888
Original OwnerCity of Grand Rapids
Original UseCity government
Information SourceHistory of the City of Grand Rapids by Albert Baxter

Title by cataloger.
Construction began in May of 1885, the cornerstone was laid September 9, 1885, and dedication was Septmeber 26, 1888.
Grand Rapids City Hall was razed in 1969 after an extended effort to save it.
Photograph from the 1899-1900 Grand Rapids Annual Report of City Departments.
For more street lighting images in the online archive look under the subject heading, Street Lighting.

CollectionCommunity Archives and Research Center (CARC),

Reproduction and copyright information regarding this image is available from Community Archives and Research Center (CARC), Grand Rapids, MI

Locationlocation on map

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