Photo from 2003-2004Architectural Survey Cards, Histories, House Highlights

29 College Avenue NE is located in Heritage Hill. It was built in 1889. It's architectural significance is WORTHY OF MENTION. Past owners include Edwin P. Ford.


1980 Tour

Victorian Eastlake Stick Style

House History

In the early 1900s this house was home to Joseph Willett Spooner and wife Mary Louisa (Powers) daughter of William Thompson Powers, Grand Rapids mayor 1857 and of Powers Opera House/Theatre fame. Joseph W. Spooner managed Powers Theatre for a number of years. He oversaw the renovation of the facade of Powers Theatre Office Building facing 123 Pearl Street NW in 1914.

It was here on June 17, 1909 William T. Powers died at the age of 88. He is buried in the Powers Family crypt near the office of Oakhill Cemetery. The Spooner descendants had migrated out of Grand Rapids by mid-century.

Joseph Willett and  Spooner and Mary Louisa (Powers) Spooner and family are buried in Oakhill Cemetery northeast of Powers Family crypt.

Geographic coordinates are 42.963618°N, 85.656878°WLatitude: 42°57′49.025″N
Longitude: 85°39′24.761″W

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Original data from Heritage Hill Associaton