Waters Building

2012 ArtPrize Venue
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The Waters Building has served as a venue every year since the inception of Art Prize. We have a long history of serving the Grand Rapids Arts Community over the years by being home to Opera Grand Rapids , the Grand Rapids Arts Council, the Circle Theater and we are currently home to Broadway Grand Rapids. We are home to over 70 tenant companies approximately 800 people everyday.

The Waters Building is a downtown Grand Rapids landmark that occupys the entire length of the block between Pearl and Lyon Streets on Ottawa Avenue. It is home to Bite/Ottawa Tavern, The Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce, Rhoades McKee, Huntington Bank, Northern Trust Bank, West Michigan Community Bank and numerous other prestegious firms. It overlooks Rosa Parks Circle and the Grand Rapids Art Museum. It was constucted in 1898 as a furniture exposition building when Grand Rapids served as the nation's center for residential furniturre manufacturing. In the 1950's thru the 1970's is was gradually converted to an office building. It's large lobby and central location make it a hub for downtown activity.

Visitor Amenities
  • Free public bathrooms: Yes
  • Free public parking: No
  • Handicap accessible: Yes

2012 Entries hosted at this Venue

Venue Location

A map showing Waters Building
Waters Building
161 Ottawa Ave. NW Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Hours of Operation
Opening Day
Fri & Sat
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