The old church at 1009 Hermitage and Diamond in Grand Rapids began as the Third Reformed Church in 1875. It was a place of worship, comfort and community for the newly arrived Dutch immigrants who came to Grand Rapids in the late 1800s and lived in the “Brikyaat“ (Brickyard) neighborhood. Although the price of aContinue reading “Article Featured on ARCHITECTURE GRAND RAPIDS”

Wood Tv8 “Historic church to get new life as community center”

A Grand Rapids church that’s more than 140 years old has a new owner after sitting vacant for years. Carol Moore bought the church off Diamond Avenue NE at Hermitage Street in the East Hills neighborhood in October 2017 for $100,000. Her vision for it isn’t yet fully imagined, but it will be some sortContinue reading “Wood Tv8 “Historic church to get new life as community center””

Restoration of Historic Church

Now, thanks to Carol Moore, a veteran historic preservationist who led the effort in the 1990s to restore the Wealthy Theater, a push to revitalize the church is starting to bear fruit. She and her partner, Bill Roelofs, formed Hermitage Partners LLC, and purchased the church, located at the corner of Diamond Avenue SE andContinue reading “Restoration of Historic Church”

MLive Covers New Church Cupola

“On Elliott Warner, of Grand River Builders, works to remove an old cupola so a new cupola could be installed onto the old Third Reformed Church at the corner of Hermitage St. SE and Diamond Ave. in Grand Rapids on Tuesday, April 2, 2019. The old property had fallen into disrepair after its latest ownersContinue reading “MLive Covers New Church Cupola”

MLive Article “Restoration of 144-year-old Grand Rapids church underway”

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Lois Williams grabbed her iPhone and hit record as the construction crane came to life, hoisting a small cupola onto the roof of the old Third Reformed Church in Grand Rapids’ East Hills neighborhood. The retired school teacher, who was baptized and married at the church, watched closely Tuesday morning asContinue reading “MLive Article “Restoration of 144-year-old Grand Rapids church underway””

Grand Rapids Magazine- Church to art hub

Maybe it’s the voices of the first church members of 1875 whispering guidance. Maybe it’s the spirit of the historic church itself speaking. Whatever the source, Grand Rapids’ historic Third Reformed Church, 1001 Hermitage St. SE, seems to be leading the way in its own restoration process, as current owner, Carol Moore, listens — andContinue reading “Grand Rapids Magazine- Church to art hub”