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Grand Rapids in 1856

Scene of early Grand Rapids viewed from the...

Widdicomb Block

Widdicomb Block


At first the Widdicomb Block was a story and a half structure facing Monroe at the corner of Waterloo (later Market). Wooden additions were made on both streets and on top until it became a four-story building.


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TitleWiddicomb Block

Image from a publication by the Kent Furniture Company, Grand Rapids, 1891

In 1834 Louis Campau built a house at the corner of Waterloo (later Market) and Monroe. His family occupied it until 1838. Successive landlords operated a boarding house and various hotels, including the Rathbun House. The house was closed in 1885, and the property became the site of the Widdicomb Block. 

Location In PhotoGrand Rapids MI
CollectionAndrew A. Davis

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