Gone But Not Forgotten – McClure Home Razed by a Tornado

This McClure home fell victim to a massive outbreak of storms that worked through Grand Rapids on April 3 of 1965, commonly referred to as the Palm Sunday Storms. The property was devastated by a tornado and demolished shortly after.

While only the foundation of this home survived, a home by architect Chuck Carter was built on what remained in an homage to the original. By adding some additional space to the home’s footprint, the final structure yields 2,928 square feet and boasts five bedrooms and three and a half baths.

Here is a photo of that East Grand Rapids, MI home as it looks today:

Using the left-hand fireplace as a guide point, you can see original structure of the McClure home was thoughtfully reincorporated into this Chuck Carter designed home. Photo from Mid-Century Michigan.

An outstanding article has been written about this home and the long-time owners at Mid-Century Michigan, including some detailed interior shots and a thorough history of the renovations involved.

Here is a before and after comparison photo of this property:

Before photo courtesy of the Betty Gibout Real Estate Collection at the Grand Rapids Public Library and West Michigan Modern.
After photo from Mid-Century Michigan.

Here is one additional photo of the home circa the 1980s. The house looks great in tan.

Image from East Grand Rapids property records.

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