Frank Lloyd Wright's Michigan masterpiece, the Meyer May House, will be the subject of a luxury day trip arranged by the Frank Lloyd Wright (photo courtesy of Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust).
Clef Notes Chicagoland Journal for the Arts
Lovers of Frank Lloyd Wright’s legendary works can experience a Prairie residence exactly as Wright intended when the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust takes a day trip from Chicago to Grand Rapids, Michigan to visit the restored Meyer May House, plus a private home designed in Wright’s studio and more.
The excursion, A Michigan Masterpiece and More, is part of the Trust’s Wright in the Region day tour program. It departs 7 a.m. Wednesday, October 11, from The Rookery Building, 209 S. LaSalle St., Chicago.
Considered Michigan’s Prairie masterpiece, the Meyer May House was completed in 1909, when Frank Lloyd Wright was at the height of his career, designing and building homes with distinctive characteristics that became known as Prairie style. The Meyer May House interior is noteworthy for its combination of leaded glass and electric lighting, which creates an ever-changing effect of colors and light throughout the day and into the night. A mural by George Niedecken greets guests in the entrance hall.
Current owners of the neighboring J.H. Amberg House – commissioned to Wright’s studio and designed in 1909 by his assistants, Marion Mahony and Herman Von Holst – will open their home for a private tour.
The tour will stop for lunch at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, followed by a guided tram tour and visit to its special exhibition, Rodin and the Contemporary Figurative Tradition.
Transportation is a luxury coach bus. Lunch and snacks are included. For more information, visit flwright.org/grandrapids.