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McKay Tower

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Identification

McKay Tower
Grand Rapids National Bank Building
123496

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Structure in General

high-rise building
existing [completed]
rigid frame
steel
concrete
granite
terra-cotta
applied masonry
white
neo-classicism

Usages

rental apartments commercial office
shop(s) restaurant café conferencing space

Facts

  • Built on an angled site, with entrances on three sides. Each entrance is below a pair of Doric columns spanning floors two through four.
  • The two-story rooftop penthouse is topped by the frame of a small dome.
  • The facade is white terra-cotta over a granite base, and is adorned with a frieze decorated by anthemion antefixes.
  • The base was completed in 1915 and 11 floors were added in 1925-1926. An additional two floors were added in the 1940s.
  • Named after politician Frank D. McKay, who bought the building in the Great Depression after the bank closed.
  • Tallest building in Grand Rapids until 1983 when the Amway Grand Tower Hotel was completed.

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Location

146 Monroe Center NW
146 Monroe Center NW
49503
Grand Rapids
Michigan
U.S.A.

Technical Data

258.99 ft
227.00 ft
227.00 ft
198.00 ft
18
1
1926
1927
5

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Features & Amenities

  • Balconies are available
  • Conference center is available
  • Exercise facility is available
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