Photos and historic detail by Pam VanderPloeg, except where otherwise noted.  Copyright 2016 west michigan modern.

Grand Rapids is an exciting place these days with new construction and renovation.  Entrepreneurs and business owners are taking a new look at the modern mid-20th century building stock.   Look around and you will see many of these buildings of the recent past coming to life again!    Here we present a sampling of our favorite buildings, and share historic images and details where available, including architect or builder, if known.  Although most of these buildings date from the mid-century modern period in Grand Rapids architectural history, we also include a few from the 1920's.   Stay tune - this collection is growing every day and we will continue to add more buildings.

And check out our Google Map self-guided tour of these buildings:

This collection was compiled in honor of the tenth anniversary of the annual Docomomo - US tour day on October 8, 2016, "a national event that works to raise the awareness of and appreciation for buildings, interiors and landscapes designed in the United States during the mid-20th century."  Consider joining the Michigan Chapter of Docomomo.  Link to our Docomomo-US/MIchigan Facebook page here   Read more about Docomomo-US here

Look for these buildings on our Google Map: