506 Paris SE

Built in: 1906
Style: Georgian
Description:
Kinsey House
Comments:
In 1906, Elmer L. Kinsey, the proprietor of the E. L. Kinsey Shirt Factory, built this gracious home. From 1912 until 1919, Axel P. Johnson, publisher of the "Grand Rapids News" resided at this address. Mr. Johnson came to Grand Rapids in 1912, bringing Mr. William j. Elton with him as an associate. Both men had metropolitan newspaper experience, but the "News" remained an ailing institution. It was absorbed by the "Grand Rapids Press" in 1922. This well maintained home derives its influence from the Georgian style with a basically symmetrical façade. The columns are of Doric proportions with Ionic fluting. The rooflines are highlighted by the addition of graceful bracketing and the whole aspect of the house is enhanced by thoughtful paint treatment.
Past Owners:
Kinsey, Elmer L. - Original Owner
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