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Grand Rapids in 1856

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Destruction of City Hall

Destruction of City Hall


The partially demolished city hall and its clock tower viewed looking south with the Michigan Trust Building at the far left, and the McKay Tower is behind the the Waters Building at the far right. The clocks are gone from the tower and the beams show where the roof has been removed. Two cranes are on the left and several cars are in the parking lot.


Full Details

TitleDestruction 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.

CollectionGRPL Photo Coll. #54-10-25, Neg # 2372, 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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