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Amway Grand Plaza Hotel (Pantlind Hotel)

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Pantlind Hotel
1913–1915, Warren and Wetmore; 1979 rehabilitation; 1981–1983 tower, Marvin DeWinter and Associates with Daverman Associates. 227 Pearl St. NW
  • (Courtesy of Kathryn Bishop Eckert)
  • (Photograph by Kathryn Bishop Eckert)

Richard M. DeVos and Jay Van Andel of the Amway Corporation in nearby Ada collaborated with the City of Grand Rapids to make Grand Rapids a remarkable contemporary convention center. In developing Amway Grand Plaza, DeVos and Van Andel acquired, remodeled, and redecorated the Pantlind Hotel in the late 1970s to the interior designs of Carleton Varney of Dorothy Draper and Company of New York City. Originally, in 1913–1915, the Pantlind Hotel Company built the hotel with over five hundred rooms on the site of the old Pantlind Hotel (1902), with the assurance that J. Boyd Pantlind (1851–1922), a member of a family of reputable Grand Rapids and Michigan innkeepers, would assume its management, and with the awareness of the demand for hotel accommodations by furniture buyers. The restrained Renaissance Revival building reflects the Ecole des Beaux-Arts training of Warren and Wetmore of New York City, a firm best known for its hotel designs, for Grand Central Station in New York, and for the Michigan Central Railroad Station in Detroit. Then, in 1981–1983, the Amway Corporation built the sleek, 25-story, reflective-glass-sheathed connecting tower, which added 250 more rooms. The angular-sloped terminus to the shaft of the Amway Grand Plaza Tower is a landmark on the skyline. The city improved the riverfront and built skyways, bridges, and pedestrian walkways to connect the hotel, the Civic Auditorium (now replaced by DeVos Place; KT2), and the Gerald R. Ford Museum ( KT29).

Writing Credits

Kathryn Bishop Eckert


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Kathryn Bishop Eckert, "Amway Grand Plaza Hotel (Pantlind Hotel)", [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, 247-247.

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