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Collection Tier:
Tier 2

Building Materials from the Phoenix Furniture Company Factory

Identifier:
N931103.1
Description:
(1) Sliding iron door, (1) Loading half-door and frames, (1) Fire escape with landings and pipe, (12) Window Frames, Windows and parts, sills, (2000) linerar feet of ceiling planks, (130) Rafters with bracing, (12) Ceiling beams, approx. 18'x20', (8) Support columns and braces, average width 16', (3) Star retainers with connecting rods, (1) 2'x3' cross section of floor, (65,000) exterior bricks from the Phoenix Bldg. (1) Outside door. These items were originally part of accession #(19)88.44.
Current Location Status:
On Exhibit
Source:
Gift Of University Properties Incorporated
Rights:

Exhibit/Program
Furniture City (1994 – 2013)
Furniture City was one of the signature core exhibits installed at the Grand Rapids Public Museum's new Van Andel Museum Center when it opened in 1994. At approximately 10,000 square feet, the exhibit occupied a significant portion of the museum's second floor and contained hundreds of pieces of Grand Rapids Furniture. The exhibition was accompanied by the authoritative book on the subject, "Grand Rapids Furniture", by GRPM curator Christian Carron. The Furniture City exhibit told a comprehensive story of the Furniture Industry in Grand Rapids, from its origins in the years after the Civil War, up to the present day with office and fixed seating manufacturers like Steelcase and American Seating. The exhibition was significantly reduced in size in 2013 to make room for a new gallery and was closed in 2019.
Maker/Donor
University Society Incorporated
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