Architecture Commissioned By Women For Women

Architecture commissioned by the early dowagers of Grand Rapids:
St. Cecilia Music Center founded in 1883 by nine women for the musical education of women.

This building was built in 1894 in the Italian Renaissance style, and designed by Henry Ives Cobb. The details on the outside are nice, but not overly beautiful. Here's the quotation from the site about the design: Cobb was "to design a 'simple and diginified' temple of music."

I have been here for two weddings, and it is quite lovely inside. It has been classified a historical landmark building since 1971, before I was born.

St. Cecilia Music Center. 24 Ransom Avenue NE . Grand Rapids . MI 49503

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