The Kremers House

Content Henry Kremers Kremer’s Legacy First Public Hospital Post-Hospital Tenants Gallery Bibliography By Rachel Foster The Kremers House, completed in 1889, is located at 8 East Twelfth Street. For 28 years, the Dr. Henry Kremers family called the grand estate home. Three years after the physician’s death in 1914, his wife and five children sold Read More …

First State Bank

Content History of the Bank The Building Gallery Bibliography By Ian Bussan Built by First State Bank in 1916 as its third and final headquarters in Holland this impressive stone structure was the scene of the 1932 bank robbery, in which criminals made off with about $73,000 in cash and bonds. The building’s current occupant, Read More …

The Warm Friend

Content Building the Hotel What’s Inside Famous Visitors New Owners The Warm Friend Today Gallery Bibliography By Erika Schlenker A. H. Landwehr of the Holland Furnace Company propelled the building of the Warm Friend in 1923. It was completed on April 25, 1925, after 300 work days. Originally a hotel called The Warm Friend Tavern, Read More …

Nykerk Hall

Content Dr. Nykerk’s Aspirations Early Years of Nykerk Hall Expansion Bibliography By Joshua Briggs An ambition of late professor of music J.B. Nykerk, Nykerk Hall serves students studying the musical arts. Since its opening in 1958, Nykerk has undergone renovations and expansions. A new musical building, the Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts, is Read More …

Dimnent Memorial Chapel

Content Dedication New Organ and Renovations Gallery Bibliography By Joshua Briggs Christened as the “Hope College Memorial Chapel” at its opening ceremony, the campus’s home for worship was renamed “Dimnent Memorial Chapel” in honor of President Edward Dimnent, who presided over the chapel’s opening ceremonies. While attendance was initially required of all students, current students Read More …

The Armory

Content Construction of the Armory Early Uses for the Armory The Armory During the Great Depression and World War II Beyond World War II Gallery By Ian Bussan The Holland Armory was initially built for the National Guard at the behest of Henry Greeds, the city treasurer at the time. Greeds’s objective was to involve Read More …

Firehouse No. 2 and City Hall

Content Early Fire Prevention and the Great Holland Fire Building the Firehouse City Use and Services Architecture Restoration Office Use By Erika Schlenker Twelve years after the Great Holland Fire of 1871, the city built a firehouse located at 106 E. Eighth St. In addition to housing Columbia Fire Engine Company No. 2, the building Read More …

City Hall — 1911

Content City Hall Occupants Renovation and Current Use Gallery Bibliography By Ian Bussan In 1909, Mayor Henry Brusse pushed for a new city hall to replace the one on Eighth Street. The cornerstone of the new city hall was laid on January 1, 1910. The total costs of the building, including furnishings, reached $60,000. The Read More …

The Holland Museum

Contents History of the Site History of the Museum Dutch Galleries Gallery Bibliography By Ian Bussan An institution associated with the Holland Historical Trust, the Holland Museum currently houses a vast collection of local and Dutch artifacts. Previously located at the Kremers’s mansion as the Netherland’s Museum, the Holland Museum moved into its current location Read More …

Woman’s Literary Club Building

Content Established, 1894 Mission and Purpose The Clubhouse Clubhouse for Sale The Clubhouse Today Gallery Bibliography By Erika Schlenker The Woman’s Literary Club began as the Bay View Reading Circle in 1894 and changed its name to the Woman’s Literary Club of Holland in 1898. The club’s original goal was “to further intellectual improvement, and Read More …

Bell Telephone Building

Content The Early Telephone in Holland Construction of the Holland Office Bibliography By Ian Bussan The presence of Bell, and later AT&T, in Holland has centered around this building since its completion in 1930. Today, the building is occupied mostly by business offices. The Early Telephone in Holland Alexander Graham Bell patented his design for Read More …