Meyer May House

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The Meyer May House, was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, built in 1908-09, and is located at 450 Madison Avenue SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan. It is considered a fine example of Wright's Prairie School era, and "Michigan's Prairie masterpiece".William A. Storrer, The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, p.146, University of Chicago Press; 2002

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Commissioned in 1908 by Meyer S. May, a prominent Grand Rapids clothier, and his wife Sophie Amberg, the house stands in contrast to the Victorian and Neoclassical houses typical of the period and neighborhood, the Heritage Hill neighborhood east of downtown Grand Rapids.

Meyer May House is stylistically typical of Wright's Prairie houses, a two story, T-plan constructed of pale roman brick, with hip roofs and long broad eaves, art glass windows and skylights.Caroline Knight, Frank Lloyd Wright, p. 88, Parragon; 2004.

Wright carefully sited the house to allow maximum southern exposure for the living room windows and skylights and to create a spacious yard for the perennial gardens. Each terrace and each section of art glass was artfully designed and placed to enhance the interior and to draw nature into...
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