When the furniture manufacturer Steelcase purchased the Meyer May House it had been rented for some years; the roof was sagging, and it was in need of major repairs. One of the most fascinating parts of any visit to the house is the video shown before your tour in the visitor center (house next door). It documents the work that went into restoring the home to Frank Lloyd Wright's original design - furniture, lighting fixtures, the art nouveau mural in the dining room, and much more. You learn that the project managers even located the original manufacturer of the carpeting, who still had FLW's original designs, and had new carpet woven to those specifications. Once you understand the magnitude of the task of restoring the Meyer May house, the tour is so much more interesting and fun.

Today Steelcase still owns the house, using it for special meetings (no one is short enough to fit into those little beds for an overnight stay!) and occasionally lending it to local charities for their fundraising evenings.

  • 450 Madison Ave. SE, corner of Logan and Madison, in the beautiful Heritage Hill Historic District
  • Open Tuesdays & Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sundays 1-5 p.m.
  • No entry except in a tour group with a docent (start at visitor center next door)
  • Last tour starts 1 hour before closing
  • Admission is free