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Grand Rapids in 1856

Scene of early Grand Rapids viewed from the...

Northwest Corner Lyon and Ransom

Northwest Corner Lyon and Ransom

Schuyler C. Baldwin - 1870s

This view was taken from the tower of the High School located the SE corner of Ransom and Lyon, looks over the Grand River and the West Side. The large house in the center was built in 1858 by David S. Leavitt from river stone from the Grand River, and the walls would have looked similar to those of St. Mark's Church. The house is raised on three tiers separated by low retaining walls. The Bridge St. Bridge is visible where it crosses the river.


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TitleNorthwest Corner Lyon and Ransom
CreatorSchuyler C. Baldwin

Title by cataloger. For many years from 1872 onward the house was owned by Julius C. Denison and then his widow, Cornelia, and son, Arthur.
From a collection of photographs depicting early Grand Rapids, previously owned by Charles E. Belknap, author of "The Yesterdays of Grand Rapids" and longtime resident of the city.

Location In PhotoGrand Rapids
CollectionThomas R. Dilley

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