Deborah Johnson Wood
Legend has it that in the 1900s wealthy businessman Harry C. Leonard gave his daughter Dorothy a gift – a massive home complete with servant's quarters and a third-floor ballroom.
That home at Logan and Morris streets in Grand Rapids is now open as the Leonard at Logan House Bed & Breakfast,
following an extensive renovation to bring it back to its former glory by owners Ann and John Finkler, Paul and Charles DeVos and Mark Zimmer.
A wide, open staircase leads from the foyer to the five guest rooms on the second floor. Each guest room, tastefully appointed with period-style furniture, has a private bath. On the main floor, visitors will find a relaxing sitting room with a fireplace, a dining room and a modern gourmet kitchen.
The house has oak floors throughout, except for the ballroom, which has maple – a hardwood not easily marred by dancers' shoes. The ballroom is now the owner's quarters.
Modern amenities include free Wi-Fi, keyless entry and 32-inch flat screen TVs in each guest room.
"We started with the roof because it was leaking, and leaks mean cracked plaster, which was throughout the house," Zimmer says. He and Ann Finkler are part of Team Restoration
, the group that handled the restoration.
"We added half a dozen chandeliers throughout the house to make it more elegant," Zimmer says.
Outside, the owners removed two overgrown pine trees that blocked the view of the house from the street. They're currently adding an outdoor patio for guest use. Zimmer says an existing lawn area accommodates canopies for outdoor weddings and parties.
Breakfast is designed to fit the needs of guests – an extensive weekday continental breakfast allows business guests to eat on the go; weekend guests experience a more leisurely meal.
"During the week we attract quite a number of business travelers, and overseas contract designers who work for Steelcase
," Zimmer says. "We're more laid back than a hotel, so a lot of times they'll stay here."
Source: Mark Zimmer, Leonard at Logan House Bed & Breakfast
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