Photo by Pam VanderPloeg, 2015.

Photo by Pam VanderPloeg, 2015.

Michigan Street Side of the building showing the parking deck.  Photo Courtesy of City of Grand Rapids Community Archives and Research Center.

Michigan Street Side of the building showing the parking deck.  Photo Courtesy of City of Grand Rapids Community Archives and Research Center.

The Transamerica Title Company was built in the 1960's.   Maintained consistently and currently used as a court building.  Completed in the 1960's while architect E. John Knapp worked for the Daverman Firm in Grand Rapids and as a result of land cleared for urban renewal.  The Transamerica Title Company was two floors stretching between Ottawa and Ionia streets in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan across from Calder Plaza.  It has an interior floating stairway visible from Ottawa and a striking concrete facade.  The building has a small profile especially due to its position between the adjacent high rise buildings.  The exterior is mostly intact except for the original covered parking.  

1960''s Photo Transamerica Title Company showing building before the expansion on the north side.  Photo Courtesy of City of Grand Rapids Community Archives and Research Center.

1960''s Photo Transamerica Title Company showing building before the expansion on the north side.  Photo Courtesy of City of Grand Rapids Community Archives and Research Center.