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If you are looking for that special place to host your wedding ceremony, wedding reception, or both, we are here to help turn your dream into reality. Let us be a part of your love story.


Our event venue is ideally equipped to accommodate your company's next corporate meeting or party.


Special occasions, dinners, fundraisers, Holiday parties, or something of your own design, host your next event in our unique space.


A Venue


Conveniently located at 1430 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids MI 49505, Clearwater Place is a unique event space perfect for weddings, receptions, banquets, corporate events, fundraisers, or social gathering.


Clearwater Place, an architectural masterpiece originally constructed over one hundred years ago, has been completely renovated by our family-owned business that specializes in historic restoration. The restoration earned Clearwater Place the Governor's Award for Historic Preservation. We remodeled the space to highlight the original Romanesque revival architecture--round arches, recessed panels, high ceilings, steel beams, and unique windows-- while incorporating state of the art updates and amenities to make Clearwater Place the perfect venue for your event. 

Your unforgettable wedding, business event, meeting or amazing social event has a home here. Contact us today!

Our History

For over a century, Clearwater Place has stood on Monroe Avenue in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Originally the City of Grand Rapids' Drinking Water Filtration Plant, the towering red brick building was constructed in 1912 by George Warren Fuller, the gentlemen responsible for instituting the modern drinking water sanitation system in our country. The architecture was designed as much for form as it was for function, with the red brick building heralding Mediterranean and Romanesque Revival themes.


Situated on a six-acre park-like parcel, the red brick arches, district green ceramic tiled roof and now iconic round water towers not only bolstered the health of the citizens of Grand Rapids but added to the view as well.


The recent historic renovation completely restored the building to its original grandeur. All design was done with complete historical accuracy, preserving this amazing space for future generations and breathing new life into its use as an events venue - now known as Clearwater Place.


Melding one-of-a-kind historic architecture with sophisticated amenities and technology, this landmark building is completely modernized for your event planning and party needs.

Contact us to tour a piece of American history and start planning your wedding reception, social gathering or corporate event today



What we offer:


  • Wedding reception space; or Ceremony and Reception space--ceremony and reception areas will be set up ahead of time so you do not have to leave the venue in between (there is not a "flip" of the venue).

  • Beautiful venue with award winning architecture

  • Professional landscaping and grounds in a park-like setting

  • Bridal suite with kitchenette and dedicated restroom

  • Grooms room with kitchenette

  • Versatile, high-quality black Chiavari chairs

  • Unrivaled photo opportunities, inside and outside

  • Free parking!  On-site, convenient parking, with barrier free access

  • Convenient location, with access to all highways

  • Eight individual restrooms

  • Large built-in dance floor

  • Venue available until midnight (additional half hour for floral/decoration removal)

  • Two built-in bars

  • A variety of table and seating layout options

  • Two glass-enclosed mezzanines overlooking the main floor

  • High top, round and rectangular tables available

  • List of suggested vendors for ease of planning and seamless coordination

  • Dimming lighting system

"Yes! A million times yes. Clearwater Place is such a gorgeous venue with interior and exterior character. They are absolutely wonderful to work with and helped make our day absolutely perfect. Not to mention the bridal suite is TO DIE FOR" - Kylee B. 

"My husband and I explored every corner of Grand Rapids before we found Clearwater Place...We only toured once before we knew it was the perfect venue for our November wedding. West Michigan Caterer provides all food and bar service. I cannot say enough wonderful things about them! The partnership between these two businesses is wonderful, professional, and efficient. We loved working with both companies to customize our special day to match our vision. Special thanks for being patient, kind, and flexible as we planned our big day. You were great to work with!" - Morgan M. 

"Clearwater Place has a special place in my heart. Bridal suite is beautiful. There is even a space for groomsmen to get ready. The whole team was very lenient with our needs and demands. Perks to the venue: parking, can be used for ceremony and reception, accommodates for small and large groups of people, gorgeous with many photo opportunities, wonderful staff, no need to move guests when flipping from ceremony to reception. Cons: Is it weird if I said there were none? Next to all other venues, no one else holds a flame. Well done Peter and staff! If given the chance, we'd do it here again!" - Lauren D. 

"We are so pleased we chose Clearwater Place for our daughter's wedding. The space was perfect for both our ceremony and reception. The pictures inside and out are so beautiful. West Michigan Caterer is the caterer/bar provider and did a wonderful job with our food and bar. I highly recommend this beautifully restored, historic space for your event." - Daryl L. 

My daughter had her wedding reception here and it was AMAZING! The girls got ready in the suite in the morning before the wedding, and the venue was perfect for the reception. Catering company worked well with the venue and tasted great. Everything went smoothly! Highly recommend Clearwater!!" - Linda V. 

"We recently had a family reunion at Clearwater Place and were so impressed. The inviting environment was the perfect place to reconnect with relatives that arrived from all over the country. Great location, unique historic building with plenty of parking and room for entertaining groups of all sizes.
The staircases are great for taking photos. The Manager of the property is professional, flexible and engaging. The terms of the agreement were straight-forward. It is fantastic in every way. Such a great place in Grand Rapids!"  - Joel V.

"Clearwater Place Events was AWESOME for our company event! We had 80 of our managers there for 3 days in a row. They were so awesome at communicating with us, checking in throughout the day to make sure things were going smoothly and overall they were awesome. We will definitely be back for future events!" - Mari S. 

"My wife and I recently held our wedding and reception at Clearwater. We had 250 guests for the ceremony and dinner. What a great place! Parking is better than any venue around, and it's free. It's nice for people to attend a ceremony and stay at the same place for the reception/dinner. This was much appreciated by our guests. The sound and visual system is state-of-the art. Clearwater will clearly become one of the more popular venues to host a variety of events in West Michigan." - Ray V.

"Awesome, unique venue - perfect for our corporate meeting."  Allison H. 

"Clearwater Place is absolutely beautiful!  When we first saw the venue, we were in love with the look, tall ceilings, large open layout, and gorgeous red brick exterior. The coordinators at Clearwater Place were wonderful to work with and made planning the wedding of our dreams a breeze. I would recommend this venue for any events, conferences, meetings, weddings, parties, etc. We had a lovely experience - go check them out"  - Colleen G. 

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