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The Centennial Celebration explores "Architecture" in the month of August

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Shifts were occurring in the art and science of architecture in 1914. Victorian-style homes had fallen out of favor, and the decline of the Arts and Crafts movement was not far behind. Futurism, an artistic and social movement which celebrated technology, originality, dynamism and even violence, began to inform the design of buildings.  In 1914, the Sacré-Coeur Basilica was finished some 39 years after construction had begun, and the newly completed Woolworth Building, in New York City, was the tallest building in the world, a record it held until 1930. Kit or catalog homes by Aladdin, Sears, Roebuck and Gordon-VanTine were extraordinarily popular and readily affordable. 

In this area, 36 Lover’s Lane, 102 Howard, 820 and 824 Glenwood, and 514 Colfax were among those homes built in 1914. Construction of Lewis Cross’ “Castle” at 15160 144th St. was completed, while the building of Captain MacDonald’s home at 625 Lake Avenue and the Kooiman home at 209 S. Fourth had just begun. The O’Brien home at 534 Clinton and the Bos Estate, on the corner of Fulton and Fifth were both being completely remodeled, while James Locke’s home at 1143 Washington was being painted from top to bottom. The city was experiencing a housing shortage that year as a result of the influx of new and expanding businesses. 



Rehabilitating Your Old Home, Tuesday, August 12 at 7:00 pm 

Steven Radtke, Director of the Tri-Cities Historical Museum, will describe his efforts in restoring his 1914 home and outline steps you can take to update your old home while maintaining its historical integrity.

Frank Lloyd Wright's Oak Park Neighborhood, Thursday, August 21 at 7:00 pm

Brenda Sipe, Director of Continuing Studies at Kendall College of Art and Design, will take participants on a virtual tour of Frank Lloyd Wright's Oak Park, Illinois neighborhood. 2014 marks the 125th anniversary of his home and studio and the centennial of the tragic events at Taliesin.

Frank Lloyd Wright: A Ken Burn’s Film, Thursday, August 28 at 7:00 pm

Join us for a screening of this American Lives Film Project by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick on the architectural achievements of Frank Lloyd Wright. With exquisite live cinematography, fascinating interviews and rare archival footage, this riveting film brings Wright's unforgettable story to life.

100 Years Ago in Grand Haven

JULY 2014

1 – Opening of the free bath room for boys of the city at the Highland Park.  Death at the county infirmary of Mrs. J. Seibert.

4 – J. N. Tubbs becomes justice of the peace, succeeding Justice D. C. Wachs.  Grand Haven enjoys a quiet Fourth, but hundreds of people spend the day here.  Gus Begen of the fourth ward nearly loses his life in the burning of his home.

5 – Farm home of Mrs. G. Pellegrom of the township burned.  Death of Mrs. Mary Slinger of Spring Lake.

8 – Death of Engelbert Pippel.

9 – Death of Leendert Kammeraad.

10 – Marriage of John H. Reichardt and Irma Lynn.

11 – Death of Mrs. Helen Owens of Williamsport, Pa.  She was formerly Helen Cross of this city.

12 – Warmest day of the summer to date.  Mercury at 89.  Athletics defeat Allegan at Jenison Park in first Sunday ball game ever played there.  Benny Jewell for Grand Haven makes five two-base hits and a single.

13 – Ed Moll, C. R. Shupe, B. P. Sherwood and Mrs. Elizabeth Nyland elected to board of education.  Dr. Harold H. Steere, whose first wife was a Grand Haven girl, is murdered in Chicago by an irate patient.  Hoboes have serious fight at Waverly and two are badly stabbed.  President William DeKleine of the West Michigan Pike tourists reach the city.

15 – Marriage in Chicago of Fred A. Zeldenrust and Rose Hobbs.

16 – Death of Edwin L. Milliman.  Marriage of Adriana Boone and Arie Foppen.

20 – Opening of the Moose carnival.

21 – Temperature at 89. The army worm invades this section.  Death of Mrs. K. Ryerson of Robinson.

22 – Death of Mrs. Otto Woltman in Spring Lake. Hottest day of summer with mercury at 90.

23 – Fire destroys the Grand Trunk elevator in early morning hours.  Fire loss is greatest since burning of school house thirteen years before.  Marriage in Grand Rapids of Manda Grootvelt of Grand Rapids and Archie Rice of Portland, Oregon.

24 – Nights are unusually hot.

26 – Athletics defeat Hastings 2 to 1 in season’s classic.

27 – Death in Toledo of Charles (Chauncey) Hallman.  Death of Samuel H. Case.

28 – Death of Wm. J. Damson of Holland.  In Spanish war days he was a member of Co. F. Death in Holland of Henry Grevengoed, a former alderman of Grand Haven.

30 – Marriage of Henry VerBerkmoes and Grace Mulder.

31 –Death of Gerrit Grooters of Grand Rapids, former old time resident.

--Research by Elizabeth Potter, Loutit District Library Local History Department




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