History

1913

The cornerstone of the Pantlind hotel was laid, and initial construction of the hotel began. Consider other important milestones of the year 1913 to gain some perspective: It was the year of President Gerald R. Ford’s birthday, the first year of the income tax and the inspiration for the name of The 1913 Room – now known as Ruth’s Chris.

Development of the Pantlind Hotel

1916

The Pantlind hotel reopened after extensive renovations. Fashioned after English Adams architecture by designers Warren and Wetmore, the hotel's special details included one of the world's largest gold-leaf ceilings and two of what are, quite seriously, the world’s most stunning chandeliers, both located in the Pantlind lobby.

City of Grand Rapids in 1916

1925

By this time, the former Pantlind hotel was not only the hottest hotel going in West Michigan, it was ranked “One of the 10 Finest Hotels in America.”

The Pantlind Hotel in 1925

1979

After the hotel, along with downtown Grand Rapids, fell from favor as people discovered the suburbs, The Amway Corporation acquired the historic Pantlind and carefully restored it to its former glory.

Restoration of Hotel Pantlind

1981

Amway Grand Plaza Hotel opened, adding the Glass Tower in 1983.

Development of the Glass Tower in 1981

1995–2000

Along with bringing the Amway Grand Hotel back to its former glory, something else amazing happened along the way; The hotel’s rebirth sparked the resurgence of downtown Grand Rapids – a fact that’s been well documented around the country and in articles, like this one in Forbe’s Magazine.

Amway Grand Plaza Hotel and JW Marriott Grand Rapids

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