“We nearly lost it. In the 1960’s and early 1970’s, the Grand Rapids Heritage Hill neighborhood was in great danger of being razed piece-by-piece. It has instead been extensively restored and preserved – a tribute to many active and determined residents of Heritage Hill, then and since.
This is the story of the heroic effort to save one of the nation’s largest historic districts and with it, the legacy of many of Grand Rapids early business and professional pioneers.
Through examining the architecture, social and economic issues, geographic land subdivision, and urban pattern, Heritage Hill’s uniqueness, successes and challenges become apparent. It continues to be a living neighborhood.
Since being added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971, Heritage Hill has become stronger and more attractive to residents and visitors alike. The diverse population appeals to its residents. The beauty and variety of its architecture – the carved brackets, beaded spindles, Doric columns, curved muntins, inviting entryways and hundreds of other decorative treatments in a great variety of architectural styles appeals to all. Heritage Hill offers visitors a glimpse at the Victorian era’s finest houses, still standing but almost lost.”
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