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Grand Rapids in 1856

Scene of early Grand Rapids viewed from the...

City Hall Clock Tower

City Hall Clock Tower

The small triangular window above the clock is where smoke inspector, Louis C. Towner, built his observation platform. The stone gothic-style tower houses a clock with Roman numerals. A screened arch (possibly to discourage pigeons) can be seen on two sides below the clock. Decorative round pinnacles decorate the four corners.


Full Details

TitleCity Hall Clock Tower
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.
Date of the photo is unknown, but it would have been prior to 1960.

CollectionGR Chamber of Commerce Coll., Grand Rapids History & Special Collections, Archives

Reproduction and copyright information regarding this image is available from Grand Rapids History & Special Collections, Archives, Grand Rapids Public Library, Grand Rapids, MI

Locationlocation on map

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