PHOTOGRAPH CREDIT: Grand Rapids Press Building,1967. Grand Rapids Public Library Photo Collection, Grand Rapids History and Special Collections (GRHSC), Archives, Grand Rapids Public Library, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
The Grand Rapids Press Building at 155 Monroe was demolished in March 2015. It is being replaced by the Grand Rapids Biomedical Research Facility for the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.
The 173,840 s.f. building was designed by Daverman Associates and opened in 1966.
The Grand Rapids Press Building replaced the earlier Evening Press Building on Fulton Street designed by famous Detroit architect Albert Kahn in 1906 in the Beaux Arts style. Local architects on the project were Williamson & Crow. The Evening Press Building was considered a unique and artistic building especially considered it was used solely for newspaper publication.
Kahn’s design was a large four-story structure faced in Bedford limestone, and was intended to complement the Ryerson Public Library across Fulton Street Park. The Kahn Evening Press building was torn down early in 1968 to make way for a parking lot after the Press moved to the Monroe location.
Today the Grand Rapids Press is produced in Walker with some staff working downtown.
Evening Press Building by Albert Kahn 1906 - 1968
PHOTOGRAPH CREDIT: Evening Press Building by Albert Kahn. Grand Rapids Public Library Photo Collection, Grand Rapids History and Special Collections (GRHSC), Archives, Grand Rapids Public Library, Grand Rapids, Michigan.