So this week I am stretching myself and my photography and going Urban.
This week I planned a trip to downtown Grand Rapids. The biggest city we have on the west side of Michigan. Going Urban means parking in a parking garage and covering the desired landscape on foot.
I parked at the parking garage by the Public Museum, mainly because I know how to get there and how to get out of there, and also because it is right by the Blue Bridge.
The Blue Bridge is strictly a pedestrian bridge crossing the Grand River into downtown Grand Rapids.
I was so ready for my weekly Chai Tea Latte, but didn't immediately see a Starbucks, but a Panera Bread popped into view, and I like their Chai's just as much.
This week's mystery location for the cup was the Grand Rapids Art Museum.
Also some great texture in the steps.
There is some great architectural detail on the downtown shops.
This spiral staircase to nowhere was my favorite.
The Civic Theatre
The Civic Theatre founded in 1925 and has grown into one of the largest community theatres in the United States. It is located in downtown Grand Rapids in an 80,000 square foot facility consisting of four historic buildings: The Majestic Theatre (1903), the Hull Building (1890), the Botsford Building (1892), and the Wenham Building (1878).
The Museum opened in July of 1997 and every year draws thousands of young visitors to the center of the city.
First (Park) Congregational Church
Next stop was the First (Park) Congregational Church which is directly across from the Children's Museum. This building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.
From the Historical Marker:
This handsome yellow-brick Gothic style structure is the second oldest existing church in Grand Rapids. Erected between 1867 and 1869. Among the church's notable features are its Tiffany stained-glass windows and its stately corner tower.
Grand Rapids Public Museum
The Grand Rapids Public Library was founded in 1871 and was located within the Grand Rapids City Hall. In 1904, the library moved to the Ryerson building which served as a permanent home for the library. The building was a gift from arts and education benefactor, and native son, Martin A. Ryerson.
The library also has a very sizable historical collection, including photographic material. I will go back when I can spend a day just exploring that material.
A Little Grunge
It wouldn't be the city without a little grunge and back alleys.
I stopped for lunch at my favorite place downtown. Anything I have ever had here has been delicious.
The Grand River
I captured some shots of fishermen as I walked back on the other Pedestrian Bridge to get back to my car.
One last shot of the Blue Bridge.
This is an adventure that I will do again to continue to stretch my street photography skills. There was so much more to see and photograph. I am planning a macro shooting adventure for Glen and I in the Spring, so many wonderful details to capture.
A fun date day adventure lies ahead :)
Linking up with Helen for Weekend Walks