44 Lafayette Condos

Grand Rapids Downtown Condos

44 Lafayette Condos

44 Lafayette Condos

44 Lafayette Condos are a new downtown grand rapids condo conversion in a beautiful, historic Heritage Hill home called the Philo C. Fuller house. Located at 44 Lafayette NE, these condos are situated within 10 minutes (walking time) to downtown Grand Rapids shops, restaurants, schools, art galleries, night life and so much more.

44 Lafayette Condos will have commercial space on the first floor as well as a commercial condo. The second floor holds the residential condos. These condos feature tall ceilings, Large windows, large rooms and parking. The condos are ready for your renovations and personal touches to transform these into something truly special.

*Prices from $150’s – 1, 2 and 3 Bedrooms available
*From ~1000 Sq/ft
*Association fee: ~$0.26/sq/ft.
*Coverage: Trash Pickup, Yard Care, Water, Sewer, Snow Removal, Insurance
*Features Incl: Secure entry, Off Street Parking , Great Views and Location.

Philo C Fuller House History

The Philo C. Fuller house is one of the oldest residences in the Heritage Hill Historic District. The house was built in 1855 by John Kendall and is an excellent example of Victorian Italianate architecture. Philo C. Fuller was born in 1857 at “The Hermitage”, the Livingston County, New York, estate of Charles Carroll, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Mr. Fuller’s paternal grandfather of the same name came to Adrian, Michigan, around 1830 becoming president of the Erie and Kalamazoo Railroad.

PhiloC. Fuller, who died in 1931, was a historical figure in his own right. He was the Mayor of Grand Rapids in trustee of Butterworth Hospital, which was founded in 1872 as St. Mark’s Home by his father and mother. Fuller was probably the first Yale University alumnus from Grand Rapids. The house stayed in the Fuller family until 1942 when it was sold to Mr. And Mrs. Ferdinand Welter.

In the 1970’s, the house was vacant for several years and in desperate need of repair. The Heritage Foundation acquired the home and obtained a federal grant which was used to halt the deterioration. Early in 1982, Glen V. Borre, a local attorney, at the urging of his wife, Betsy, undertook a feasibility study through the local architectural firm of Cox, Medendorp & Olson to determinewhether the property could be converted to professional offices and an apartment. A carriage house garage with separate apartment was also contemplated of compatible architecture. The City of Grand Rapids and its Historic Preservation Commission granted necessary zoning on plan approvals.

A separate landscape architect, David Nederveld, was engaged to re-establish original site grades and planting consistent with the period. A local builder, Bill Pettinga, was hired as a contractor for the project. All workers on the project, many with unique talents, made every effort to restore the residence to its’ original design.

Every person working on the project should be congratulated for so much individual effort and talent. Interestingly enough, the 8,000 plus square foot project from start to finish, including occupancy, is scheduled to take less than six months. The ultimate significance of the entire project is unique due to the fact that it is the only instance in the annual of modernhistoric preservation where the entire streetscape (or block front) has been restored along the building.

For more information on these or any other downtown Grand Rapids condo, or to schedule a showing, feel free to contact me anytime. You can also search for homes and condos from this website.

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