We decided to visit Northern Michigan this week since my husband and I haven’t been up that way in a very long time. We are visiting Sault Saint Marie (about 6 hours north of Grand Rapids in the Upper Penninsula) today and I have been loving the character of the old downtown area. There are many old signs that I can’t help but photograph. The one above is my favorite.
In March of last year I wrote about the Kendall Building. It is located in the center of Grand Rapids, at the northeast corner of Fulton and Division. You can find the blog entry here.
I had intended to post frequent updates about the building, but the construction area outside of the building was such a mess that it was hard to get near the place for quite a long time. I think my overall excitement about this project started to fade in September of last year when the sidewalks and park on this side of the street were literally gutted. For a while pedestrians had to walk out in the street to get around the mess.
Complaining aside, we now have a finished building that is really very beautiful. You’ll see from the photo in the first post that the civil war monument was actually moved to the center of the park, and all of the trees were replaced with benches and brick sidewalks.
Below are a few photos of the finished product as well as some comparisons of the Kendall Building’s transformation.