Step back into time with us to one of world-renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie-style masterpieces, the Meyer May House. One of Grand Rapids’ cultural treasures, this house from 1908 was meticulously restored to its original condition with generous funds from the Steelcase Corporation. Join us as we share our favorite things about the Meyer May House.
The Meyer May House was built in 1908 for Meyer May, president of a former local department store. Typical of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie-style homes, the Meyer May House was specifically designed to allow a large amount of southern light exposure through the windows for indoor plants. The home features artful accents and windows throughout (in particular, the use of wood and leaded glass is apparent throughout the house). In addition to the main house, two bedrooms were added to the house in 1922, as well as servants quarters on the first floor. May lived in the house until his death in 1936. The Steelcase Corporation purchased the home in 1985 with plans for extensive restoration to bring the home as closely to its original condition as possible. The home was opened in 1987 to visitors after the extensive restoration.
The Meyer May House is considered to be one of the most completed restorations of any of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie houses. Rooms contain original pieces, replica pieces from the time period, and similar pieces from the period. The carpets were woven to Frank Lloyd Wright’s specifications. We think the coolest things about the house are the wood screens, leaded glass skylights, doors and windows and the veranda. The outdoor area feature gardens restored to replicate the original design, hanging gardens and a patio area.
When visiting Grand Rapids, make sure and include a stop at this beautiful gem of a house located in one of the nation’s largest intact historic districts. The best part of all is that admission is free of charge. The Meyer May House is only open to visitors on a guided tour, which takes place Tuesday and Thursday 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM, and Sunday from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.