Grand Rapids Historic Preservation
Grand Rapids’ historic neighborhoods of stately manors and modest working homes define the character of the city and who we are.
Grand Rapids has experienced tremendous growth in the past fifty years, and will continue to grow. Urban growth has often led to the loss of historic resources, but it doesn’t have to. In fact, many architects and developers today are rediscovering the principles that characterized most historic districts: well built houses on smaller lots, with street trees and convenient proximity to schools, parks, shopping and public transportation.
Preservation protects history and sense of place, promotes a high quality of life, stabilizes neighborhoods, increases property values, addresses livability concerns and growth management as well as making good economic sense.