The Annual Heritage Hill Tour is May 18 & 19 Saturday (11 am – 5 pm) and Sunday (noon to 6 pm).
Tickets on the weekend of the tour are $25.00 and only available at the ticket booth at GRCC DeVos campus – 435 East Fulton. Free shuttle bus transportation for the tour is provided. Pick-up and drop-off is at each of the featured properties and also at the ticket booth. Many if not all the homes are within walking distance (1.5 miles from end to end).
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Children under 12 are free.
How Tour works: On the ticket is a map that lists all open Tour homes/buildings. (See below). You can see the houses in any order on either or both Saturday and Sunday. Many of the locations are easy walking distance. There are free shuttle buses that stop in front of each of the Tour houses/buildings and you can jump on and off the bus at your leisure. Bus run every 10 to 15 minutes between stops. Houses are fully staffed with room guides that will point out the highlights of the location. There is not a one place to start Tour. Just go to any of the houses to begin.
Parking: On the ticket is also a map of available parking lots. The GRCC DeVos campus, 435 East Fulton is the largest and where the buses depart. This might be any easy place to start. The ticket booth is there and signs will direct you to that location. Buses depart from the circle drive on Fulton Street. See more parking locations below as well as 10 College NE – Central Reformed Church – corner of College and Fulton.
Heritage Hill dates back to 1843 and was named by This Old House as one of the “Best Old House Neighborhoods” in the country. Its 1,300 homes represent Michigan’s finest collection of 19th and 20th century American architecture.
Here is the MLIVE coverage of the 2019 Tour:
Since 1969, the annual Heritage Hill Weekend Tour of Homes welcomes you to our historic Heritage Hill neighborhood, one of the country’s largest urban historic districts recognized by the National Register of Historic Places. More than 1,300 homes stand within the boundaries of Heritage Hill and date from 1843. Nearly every style of American architecture, from Greek Revival to Prairie, is represented in the district. At the turn of the century, this was the city’s most prestigious residential area. Today the neighborhood is an array of lifestyles and passions. Professionals, artisans, students,… homeowners and renters … share this great place we call home.
Tour, the Third Weekend in May …
Each year, a different line-up of 7-8 private homes and 2 to 3 historic buildings are open; each with a unique story. During Tour, guides stationed at each house will share information and highlight special features. An array of architecture, decorating styles and urban gardens await you.
Tour is the largest fundraiser of the Heritage Hill Association. It is also the biggest promotional effort of our neighborhood and a showcase for the benefits of historic preservation. Over 300 volunteers contribute to make the weekend a success. All proceeds go right back into programs for the Heritage Hill neighborhood. These include block club organizing, crime prevention, land use planning, engaging community resources, and preservation of the district’s historic character. This Old House magazine rates Heritage Hill as one of the best historic neighborhoods in the United States.
Walkability, cultural diversity and close proximity to Grand Rapids’ colleges and medical facilities, as well as the downtown entertainment and cultural center … and the hip, new and energizing Uptown business districts … Heritage Hill has it all!
Promote YOUR Business & support the Heritage Hill Association
Heritage Hill’s Annual Weekend Tour of Homes is our largest fundraising event all year. Over 4000 visitors tour our houses and you can put your business information in their hands. Each ticket comes with a Tour Home booklet filled with detailed information on the homes on tour, maps and ads from our supporters, like you.
The Sponsorship brochure is available here: 2019 sponsor brochure.
Check out all the perks you can get for supporting us through the various levels of support! And just think, not only can you support your local business but you are also supporting a stronger, healthier community by supporting local neighborhood associations like ourselves.
Won’t you be our Tour of Homes Friend?
Call or email HHA at 616.459.8950 or firstname.lastname@example.org for details or to be our Tour sponsor. Or complete and return the brochure. 2019 sponsors brochure.