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Here's a little gem. Over near the library, at 24 Ransom N.E., there is a 19th century auditorium which may rank as one of the best venues for chamber music in the U.S. It is also an architectural masterpiece.

The building was designed around 1892 by Henry Ives Cobb, the noted Chicago historicist who also designed the earliest buildings on the University of Chicago campus as well as the Fisheries Pavilion at the Columbian Exposition of 1893. Inside there is a magnificent stained glass window by the Tiffany studio, designed by a GR native, Frederick Stewart Church.

How many of you have seen this building or, better yet, gone inside, or even better yet, heard a concert there?

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The acoustics are phenominal!

I saw Sarah McLachlan there in 1994. Probably on of the best shows I've seen.

Also saw Isaac Stern there too.

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A gem indeed.

Pre-renovation, the building housed the 1993 Heritage Theatre Group season. In the '80s, Grand Valley Artists rented studio space in the basement, and Local 56 of the American Federation of Musicians had offices there.

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A gem indeed.

Pre-renovation, the building housed the 1993 Heritage Theatre Group season. In the '80s, Grand Valley Artists rented studio space in the basement, and Local 56 of the American Federation of Musicians had offices there.

Yes. One important thing that I neglected to mention. The restoration of that fantastic auditorium was made possible by the generosity of the Royce family, patrons of the arts in GR for decades. Their daughter is a noted harpist.

It is families like the Royces -- and the Meijers, the deVoses and the Van Andels -- that has made such a difference in GR cultural matters.

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^ Let us put Peter Wege at the top of that list. His generosity is the kind that doesn't need his name plastered over everything.

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My sister was married and had her reception there last year its very nice inside. I remember going there for punk shows when I was young the place was a mess. They have done a very nice job remodeling it.

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Of course, I have some pics of the outside.

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Still trying to track down my interior shots.

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How many of you have seen this building or, better yet, gone inside, or even better yet, heard a concert there?

Even better yet, I've played there. Twice! It's a terrific space.

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It's cool to read the history of this place! What a diverse spectrum of events too - the obvious musical performances, weddings, receptions, punk shows.

I've been to a graduation in the auditorium. I also took part in a yoga workshop on the second floor - the natural light was great and there was plenty of room for the ton of yogis who descended on the place!

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Of course, I have some pics of the outside.

59482043_f20bc9a13e.jpg

72513908_b846f04e94_b.jpg

Still trying to track down my interior shots.

GRDad -- thanks for the shots. I knew you would come through.

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