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Guide to Heritage Hill

Heritage Hill is a testament to what concerned and thoughtful citizens can accomplish when they band together to make their voices heard. One of the largest historic districts in the nation comprised of 1,300 homes dating back to 1848, the neighborhood faced severe danger of being destroyed by urban renewal in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Determined residents living in Heritage Hill at the time were able to preserve the neighborhood by forming a non-profit Association, securing national historic status and becoming the first organization in the country to invoke the National Historic Preservation Act. After stopping the wreckingballs at the district's boundary and setting a precedent for historic preservation in the U.S., Heritage Hill has been extensively restored to its original glory.

Although a significant number of homes in Heritage Hill were constructed by the lumber barons who made their fortunes in the Grand Rapids furniture industry during its peak between 1870 and 1910, many were also built by judges, lawyers, merchants and other influencial and wealthy early city residents. Three self-guided walking tours (North, Central and South) highlight 76 of the most important properties, two which are open to the public, the Voigt House Victorian Museum and the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Meyer May House.

Each year, on the first weekend of October, Heritage Hill hosts a home tour during which approximately ten homes are opened to the public, including private residences.


Dining

Restaurants
Peppino's Pizza
Beijing Kitchen
Nantucket Baking Co.


Coffee Shops

Discussions


Attractions

Museums
Heritage Hill Historic District
Voigt House Museum


Parks

Foster Park


Landmarks

Meyer May House


Accomodations

Bed & Breakfast
Brayton House
Fountain Hill
Lasting Impressions
Peaches


Real Estate

Condos
Hillmount




Shops

Stores & Boutiques
Martha's Vineyard
Violet East Floral



Organizations

Community
Heritage Hill Neighborhood

Colleges
Davenport University


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