The Meyer May House Restoration

Meyer May House Before RestorationDuring the S.C. Johnson project, Steelcase’s David Hunting, Sr., and Wright formed a relationship that lasted for years.

In the 1980’s Hunting suggested that Steelcase purchase and restore the Meyer May house, Wright’s first major commission in Michigan, located in Steelcase’s hometown.

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Robert C. Pew, then chairman of Steelcase, agreed that restoring the Meyer May House was an excellent opportunity to pay homage to Wright and provide a gift to the public. Steelcase purchased the house in 1985 and extensive research was underway.

Open to the public in 1987 and meticulously restored, the Meyer May house offers a rare opportunity to experience an original Prairie house as Wright envisioned it.

After months of interviews and intensive study of reference materials, work began to restore the interior and exterior to its original design. The restoration took two years. The work included removal of a 1922 addition, rebuilding the roof to restore its cantilevered design, replacing all the plaster ceilings, restoring a Niedecken mural under six layers of paint, cleaning and repairing more than 100 art glass windows and skylights, completely recreating the interior with original pieces and exacting reproductions, and recreating the landscape to its 1909 design.

Online Tour

Take a brief virtual tour of the restored Meyer May House in Grand Rapids, MI. Afterward, be sure to schedule your visit to tour the house in person.

Level One – Meyer May House

Meijer May House Exterior, South Facade

Meijer May House Exterior, South Facade

Meyer May House Southwest Facade

Copper Ornament on the Southwest Facade

Meijer May House Covered Veranda

Covered Veranda

Meyer May House Leaded Glass Doors

Leaded Glass Doors Leading to the Veranda

Meyer May House Veranda

View of the Mural from the Veranda

Meyer May House Dining Room

Dining Room

Meyer May House Library Alcove

Living Room Library Alcove

Meyer May House Fireplace Wall

View of the Living Room Fireplace Wall

Meyer May House Wood Screen

Detail of Wood Screen between Reception Room and Living Area

Level 2 – Meyer May House

Meyer May House Hallway


Meyer May House Staircase Windows

Leaded Glass Windows along Staircase Leading to Second Floor

Meyer May House Window Seat

Window Seat Extends the Bedroom Outward

Meyer May House Bedroom Balcony

Harriet’s Bedroom, Opening to the Balcony

Meyer May House Richards Bedroom

Richard’s Bedroom

Meyer May House Morning Room

Morning Room

Meyer May House Fireplace in Bedroom

Fireplace Wall, Master Bedroom

Meyer May House Fully Tiled Bathroom

Fully Tiled Bathroom

Meyer May House Outdoor Urn

View of Outdoor Urn