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Grand Rapids in 1856

Scene of early Grand Rapids viewed from the...

Royal Barry Wills Design, Color

Royal Barry Wills Design, Color


The Cape Cod design created by Royal Barry Wills of Boston would have been a more familiar form of architecture than the other designs featured in the Homestyle Collection. Its inclusion no doubt intended to provide a setting for the city's designers of traditional furniture. This design is the only one with a two-car garage. This home would have been built on Lot 32.


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TitleRoyal Barry Wills Design, Color
FormatArchitectural rendering

Title by Cataloger. Royal Barry Wills was one of many architects who designed for the Homestyle Center, a concept of Jason L. Honigman, planned for Grand Rapids in the 1950s. Popular with the middle-class following World War II, Life magazine in 1946 anointed Wills as creating "the kind of house most Americans want."

Location In PhotoGrand Rapids, MI
CollectionCollection #354, History & Special Collections Dept., Grand Rapids Public Library

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

InstitutionGrand Rapids Public Library
Physical Storage LocationGrand Rapids, MI

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