Berkey and Gay Furniture Company Factory

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Berkey and Gay Furniture Company Factory
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Berkey and Gay Furniture Company Factory is located in Michigan
Berkey and Gay Furniture Company Factory
Berkey and Gay Furniture Company Factory is located in the US
Berkey and Gay Furniture Company Factory
Location 940 Monroe Ave., NW, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Coordinates 42°58′44″N 85°40′18″W / 42.97889°N 85.67167°W / 42.97889; -85.67167Coordinates: 42°58′44″N 85°40′18″W / 42.97889°N 85.67167°W / 42.97889; -85.67167
Area 28 acres (11 ha)
Built 1892
Architectural style Romanesque
NRHP Reference #

00001486

[1]
Added to NRHP December 20, 2000

Berkey and Gay Furniture Company Factory is a manufacturing plant in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

History[edit]

In 1859, Julius Berkey opened a small shop on Erie Street in Grand Rapids, Michigan, which made doors, sash windows, and window blinds. In 1860, William A. Berkey established a blind, door and sash factory on Mill Street. In 1862, the Berkeys began producing goods for the wholesale trade.[2]

In 1866, George W. Gay bought half interest in Berkey's concern, which became known as "Berkey Bros and Gay."[3] In 1873, William A. Berkey sold out his interest, and the company was incorporated later that same year as "Berkey and Gay Furniture".[2]

In 1874, the new company opened their six-story factory, complete with wholesale and retail showrooms, in Grand Rapids.[3]

The company is known for making Victorian furniture.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b "Berkey and Gay Furniture", wikicolleting
  3. ^ a b Berkey & Gay Furniture Co., "Company History"
  4. ^ Syndicate, Terry Kovel King Features. "Kovels: Less-known furniture makers are bargain for lovers of Victorian designs". Winston-Salem Journal. Retrieved 2017-06-09.