WEST MICHIGAN MODERN DOCUMENTS AND SHARES STORIES AND IMAGES OF 20TH-CENTURY ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN IN ORDER TO PROMOTE AN APPRECIATION OF MODERN BUILDINGS IN WEST MICHIGAN. 

Good architecture well-preserved makes a city attractive and vibrant and shouts community investment and community pride!   The beauty of our West Michigan built environment is one important factor in why people return here to visit and to live.  We have a strong heritage of 20th-century modern architecture and design.  Although some of these buildings are gone, many have been beautifully maintained and restored.   Since 2010 the purpose has been to discover, identify and call attention to modern buildings, architects and builders.   To accomplish our purpose we talk to everyone we can about modern architecture and design in West Michigan.  That is the most awe-inspiring aspect of our work.   We appreciate the generosity of the people who have invited us into their homes and buildings and told their stories and shared blueprints, photographs and information so that we can share these stories with you. 

As we launch our new WMM website, our commitment is to build the site with more images and articles as we continue to discover, photograph and catalog the work of modern architects and builders.   Please contact us if you have questions or thoughts regarding this work:  westmichiganmodern@gmail.com

Pam VanderPloeg, WMM Editor, Researcher, Designer ModernWM Website and Archive             

All text and photographs by Pam VanderPloeg, West Michigan Modern, copyright 2015 unless otherwise noted. No reproduction of photographs or text without permission of West Michigan Modern. For more information contact modernwm@gmail.com

SPECIAL THANKS TO

Contributing Writer, Research and Style Editor: Melissa Fox | Web Design Consultant: Andria Romkema | Researcher and Contributing Writer: Rebecca Kalinowski | Jon VanderPloeg

We send out a special thanks to all of those homeowners and building owners who have readily shared information.  Our work is greatly enriched by conversations and interviews with architects, builders, family members and colleagues.  With great appreciation we acknowledge the importance of the Local History and Special Collections Department of the Grand Rapids Public Library, the Grand Rapids City Archives, the Grand Rapids Public Museum and Grand Rapids Press Archives, the Kalamazoo Public Library and the kind assistance from many librarians throughout the state.