GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - It's easy to miss hidden gems among ArtPrize's more than 1,500 works spread out across 169 venues all over downtown.
One of those is the Harris Building in the Heartside District on South Division Avenue, a few blocks south of Fulton Street.
"We have been falling in love with it," building owner Bob Dykstra said. "It is a great building."
Built in 1892, the Harris Building housed the first furniture gallery in Grand Rapids on its first floor. The top two floors housed the Knights of Pythias, a social club with some interesting club activities
"Up on the third floor there were hotel rooms for out-of-town females who were guests of male members," Dykstra explained.
After months of renovation, the Harris Building is serving as an ArtPrize venue. Great care has been taken to place pieces that compare and contrast with the old building.
One of the 82 ArtPrize entries at the Harris Building is Ryan Petersen's "Oasis," the full effect of which must be seen in person with the aid of 3-D glasses. Peterson wanted to display his work at Harris because of the space.
"This is my first time in Grand Rapids, but you get some of the historic vibe of what this place used to be like," he said. "This is a second-story ballroom and you can just imagine the activities here."
Dykstra says he had originally planned on office space for the second floor after ArtPrize, but says plans have changed.
"We have already booked seven weddings in here and large corporate events, so we are going to leave this whole floor for that," he said.
11 fire departments from several counties were called out to a fire at an adult entertainment club Wednesday afternoon.
Holland police were searching for 28-year-old Mark Steven Randall Harris, who was considered armed and dangerous, but arrested him late Wednesday night.
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