Inside & Outside: Touring Women's Architecture in Ottawa Hills, 1920s - 1970s
Saturday, October 5 at 1pm
Many are familiar with the beautiful homes in the Ottawa Hills neighborhood, and with architect Alexander McColl who designed many of them; but few know the stories of the women architects who lent their own design aesthetic to the neighborhood. Enter architectural researcher Pamela VanderPloeg of Architecture Grand Rapids and West Michigan Modern!
VanderPloeg has discovered several women architects working in and around the Ottawa Hills neighborhood, and well beyond it! You might remember her article on Louise Gilleo featured in one of our recent newsletters or the brief introduction we posted about Marion Blood. Vanderploeg will further introduce us to these women architects, and a few others, on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 1pm in the Klise Memorial Chapel at East Congregational Church at 1005 Giddings SE.
After a presentation, we will embark on a 90-minute guided walking tour of the Ottawa Hills and adjacent East Grand Rapids streets where several 1920's era homes are attributed to women architects. Tour participants will also enjoy a look at the interior of two of these lovely historic homes!
Mark your calendar and join us for new look at the architecture in the Ottawa Hills neighborhood!
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Hats off to the historical women who've shaped West Michigan!