Heritage Hill Historic District, photo submitted 1971 Heritage Hill Historic District, photo submitted 1971
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Heritage Hill Historic District
Bounded by Michigan Avenue on the north, Pleasant Street on the south, Union Avenue on the east, and on the West by Clarendon Place, Jefferson Avenue, and Lafayette Avenue, Grand Rapids - Kent County
Property Type district
Historic Use DOMESTIC
Current Use DOMESTIC
Style Greek Revival
Italianate
Mixed
Prairie School
Architect/Builder Frank Lloyd Wright
Narrative Description The Heritage Hill Historic District is a thirty-seven block area in Grand Rapids that is bounded by Michigan Avenue, Pleasant Street, Union Avenue, Clarendon Place, Jefferson Avenue, and Lafayette Avenue. Located on a slight rise overlooking the site of the first trading posts and missions at the rapids of the Grand River, Heritage Hill is a few blocks from the central business district of the city. The district has retained its cohesive nineteenth century residential character. Broad, tree-lined streets are lined with nearly 600 buildings that contribute to the district. Virtually every style of American domestic architecture from Greek Revival to Prairie is represented, and mansions of furniture barons are interspersed with modest frame residences.
Statement of Significance Heritage Hill, still an important residential neighborhood comprised of single and multi-family homes, represents an economic cross section of Grand Rapids at the turn of the century. The earliest buildings in the district were predominantly Greek Revival and Italianate styles of the 1840s. By the 1870s the neighborhood was firmly established and Georgian Revival architecture began to dominate building styles in the area. The mid-twentieth century marked an era of decline for Heritage Hill, which culminated in the destruction of the City Hall in 1969. The loss of that landmark and encroachment by commercial enterprises spurred active local interest in historic preservation. As a result, the Heritage Hill Association was formed. Currently, the group continues to monitor the state of the district and conduct historic home tours.
Period of Significance 1840-1969
Registry Type(s) 03/11/1971 National Register listed
03/03/1971 State Register listed
Site ID# P35173