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Ryerson Library Foundation & City of Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids Public Library (The Ryerson)
Grand Rapids, MI
143,400 sf

Originally constructed by O-A-K in 1904, the Grand Rapids Public Library (The Ryerson) was restored to its original aesthetic condition during this $18 million project.

This property was also renovated and added onto by O-A-K in 1967, but was historically restored back to its original condition during the recent project.

Limestone entrances, decorated with dominant pillars and scroll-capped medallions, portray just a small portion of the meticulous detail within the library. Ornate mosaic marble floors, detailed cornices and custom oak and mahogany woodwork were expertly crafted by our in-house carpenters.

The four story atrium painted in bright colors and decorated with steel accents, offers captivating views for the floors below. Additional restoration aspects included: refurbishing and replacing the ornate terra cotta, recreating the original woodwork and plaster that was removed during the 1967 renovation using existing wood shapes and profiles, recreating original ornamental plaster that was demolished in 1967, cleaning and polishing all existing marble, and cleaning and tuck-pointing entire exterior of the building.

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