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Opening of New City Hall

Opening of New City Hall


The card commemorating the opening of the new Grand Rapids City Hall on September 26, 1888 shows a view looking northeast with the clock tower in the foreground. It announces vocal music by the Schubert Club, a reception by the mayor and other city officers from 8 to 9:30, and instrumental music both day and evening by Prof. Wellenstein's full orchestra.


Full Details

TitleOpening of New 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 from artifact.
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.

CollectionColl. #158, History & Special Collections Dept.

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

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