Photo from Grand Rapids Public Library Photo Collection, Grand RapidsHistory and Special Collections (GRHSC), Archives, Grand Rapids Public Library, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Photo from Grand Rapids Public Library Photo Collection, Grand RapidsHistory and Special Collections (GRHSC), Archives, Grand Rapids Public Library, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Two Grand Rapids Press buildings have been demolished.  The Grand Rapids Press Building at 155 Monroe NW was completed in 1966.  It was vacant after the Press moved and,  in 2015, the building was torn down to make way for the Grand Rapids Biomedical Research Facility for the MSU College of Human Medicine nearly completed on the same site.  

The 173,840 s.f. Grand Rapids Press Building, designed by Daverman Associates and completed in 1966, was part of the massive urban renewal project in the central downtown area.  In 2015  it went down without much fanfare.  The early photo above shows the modern design that like many modern buildings evoked both a strong positive and negative response from Grand Rapidians.  

GRAND RAPIDS PRESS BUILDING 1906 DESIGNED BY ALBERT KAHN, DETROIT.  ASSOCIATE ARCHITECTS  WILLIAMSON AND CROW, GRAND RAPIDS. Photo from Grand Rapids Public Library Photo Collection, Grand RapidsHistory and Special Collections (GRHSC), Archives, Grand Rapids Public Library, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

GRAND RAPIDS PRESS BUILDING 1906 DESIGNED BY ALBERT KAHN, DETROIT.  ASSOCIATE ARCHITECTS  WILLIAMSON AND CROW, GRAND RAPIDS.

Photo from Grand Rapids Public Library Photo Collection, Grand RapidsHistory and Special Collections (GRHSC), Archives, Grand Rapids Public Library, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The 1966 Grand Rapids Press building on Michigan shown above actually replaced an earlier Grand Rapids Press building on Fulton Street shown at left.  It was subsequently torn down in 1968 after the move to the new building.   The 1906 building, was a classic beaux arts design by the famous architect Albert Kahn of Detroit. Local architects were Williamson & Crow. The 1906 Press building was located right next door to the Grand Rapids Herald building, another classic design.  It was such a different time in the history of newspapers in Grand Rapids.  As a researcher I rely heavily on the information I am able to find, especially in the old articles in the Grand Rapids Herald, a newspaper that made it a mission to promote, Grand Rapids as a "city beautiful" by sharing photos and details of all of the new buildings and renovations being completed in the city.  I will share a photo of the Herald building when I find a good one.  

Today the Grand Rapids Press is produced in Walker and editorial and marketing staff work from an office on Monroe.

To watch the demolition link here  http://www.mlive.com/business/west-michigan/index.ssf/2015/03/grand_rapids_press_building_de.html  

To read more from writer Jim Harger about working in the Press building link here  http://www.mlive.com/business/west-michigan/index.ssf/2015/03/former_press_building_weathers.html