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Top: A panoramic view north on Ottawa Ave. NW in the early 1960s before construction of I-196, taken from the tower atop the old Kent County Courthouse once located at Bond, Crescent and Ottawa. In the foreground is the roof of the old Grand Rapids Police Department headquarters. The large red factory is the original Grand Rapids Brewing Co. (Courtesy Photo | Grand Rapids Public Library) Bottom: The same approximate location is shown Nov. 7, 2013, from the University Club level at the Fifth…

Then & now: Interactive slides show downtown Grand Rapids develop before your eyes

Then & now: Interactive slides show downtown Grand Rapids develop before your eyes | MLive.com

Then & now: Interactive slides show downtown Grand Rapids develop before your eyes

Then & now: Interactive slides show downtown Grand Rapids develop before your eyes | MLive.com

Old Grand Rapids Michigan Photos - - Yahoo Image Search Results

Old Grand Rapids Michigan Photos - - Yahoo Image Search Results

Monroe (Ctr.) & Division, looking north toward Michigan St. - c. 1880s

) & Division, looking north toward Michigan St.

Our Theater, 737 Leonard St NW - March 13, 1947

Our Theater, 737 Leonard St NW - March 1947 - now a privately owned photography-advertising studio and workshop.

Public Museum Of Grand Rapids - Grand Rapids, Michigan

This is the Grand Rapids Public Museum and I think it would be a great place to work due to the location of being in Grand Rapids and the fact that it has many different collections that I would love to help put my volunteer experience to good use.

Urban renewal construction with the old courthouse and city hall and Fifth Third Bank on the right - 1966

Urban renewal construction with the old courthouse and city hall and Fifth Third Bank on the right - 1966

The view looks northeast across the park from the southwest corner of E. Fulton and Sheldon Ave. In the foreground is one of the horse drawn streetcars that came into service in the 1860s. The picket fence than encircles the park was installed by Thomas D

The view looks northeast across the park from the southwest corner of E. Fulton and Sheldon Ave. In the foreground is one of the horse drawn streetcars that came into service in the The picket fence than encircles the park was installed by Thomas D

The Houseman Building before its demolition during the summer of 1966. The building was a landmark in downtown Grand Rapids since the first section was built by Julius Houseman in 1881. At its peak, the building housed more than 250 tenants. The building was replaced by the Ellis Parking lot on the southeast corner of Ottawa Ave. and Lyon Street NW. (Courtesy photo | Grand Rapids Public Museum).

Wrecking downtown: 100 photos of Grand Rapids urban renewal demolitions

The Houseman Building before its demolition during the summer of 1966. The building was a landmark in downtown Grand Rapids since the first section was built by Julius Houseman in 1881. At its peak, the building housed more than 250 tenants. The building was replaced by the Ellis Parking lot on the southeast corner of Ottawa Ave. and Lyon Street NW. (Courtesy photo | Grand Rapids Public Museum).

The old Grand Rapids Brewing Co. facility on Michigan Street NW between Ionia and Ottawa Aves. The facility was built in 1892. It was used by several different brewing companies over the years, the last being Peter Fox Brewing of Chicago, which ceased operations there in 1951. The city bought the property in 1954 and used it for storage until selling the site to the state of Michigan. The brewery was razed entirely in 1967. The state building stands on its site today.

Wrecking downtown: 100 photos of Grand Rapids urban renewal demolitions

The old Grand Rapids Brewing Co. facility on Michigan Street NW between Ionia and Ottawa Aves. The facility was built in 1892. It was used by several different brewing companies over the years, the last being Peter Fox Brewing of Chicago, which ceased operations there in 1951. The city bought the property in 1954 and used it for storage until selling the site to the state of Michigan. The brewery was razed entirely in 1967. The state building stands on its site today.

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