Clearwater Place - History & Restoration

For over a century, Clearwater Place has stood at 1340 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, including its round arches, recessed panels, high ceilings and more than 400 windows. 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, including enhanced audio/visual system, fiber optic WiFi and more.


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





  • National Historic Registry

  • Register of Historic Sites by the State of Michigan

  • Historic Landmark for the City of Grand Rapids

  • Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation