516 College SE

Built in: 1888
Style: Georgian Revival
Brayton House - 1972 Tour, 1977 Tour, 1984 Tour, 1989 Tour (Carriage House), 1992 Tour, 1999 Tour, Walking Tour
One of the grandest homes on this year's tour, the Brayton Mansion still hosts many fine parties and visitors to Grand Rapids as it most assuredly once did in its heyday. Built by James Brayton in 1889, the house -- other than updates and modern amenities -- stands today virtually unchanged. From the one-of-a-kind wall coverings downstairs to the ballroom on the third floor, we imagine a lifestyle only dreamed of today. Even the carriage house, with its generous living quarters and "turntable" carriage stalls remind us of the opulence of the time.
Past Owners:
Brayton, James - Original Owner
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