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Downtown Senior Neighbors Center and Weston Apartments (Clark Building)

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Clark Building
1890s, William A. Chappel(?). 32–44 Ionia Ave. SW
  • (Photograph by Catherine Boland Erkkila)
  • (Photograph by Catherine Boland Erkkila)
  • (Photograph by Catherine Boland Erkkila)
  • (Photograph by Kathryn Bishop Eckert)
  • (Photograph by Kathryn Bishop Eckert)

This red brick Richardsonian Romanesque building encompasses one of the city's most imposing blocks. This building originally housed the Clark Jewell-Wells Company, wholesale grocers. Above the red sandstone first story, the windows of the building are paired to the fourth story (and to the fifth, at the corner bay) under heavy round arches, then they diminish to triple groups at the top within the same bay—a scheme first used effectively by H. H. Richardson in his Marshall Field Wholesale Store in Chicago (1885–1887), except that Richardson used four rather than three. Foliated patterns and human faces carved in sandstone ornament the capitals of piers and pilasters.

Writing Credits

Kathryn Bishop Eckert


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Kathryn Bishop Eckert, "Downtown Senior Neighbors Center and Weston Apartments (Clark Building)", [Grand Rapids, Michigan], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Michigan

Buildings of Michigan, Kathryn Bishop Eckert. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 253-253.

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