Located in downtown Grand Rapids, The Morton House was once a hub for visitors to the area when it was erected in 1896. The multi-storied hotel at the corner of Monroe and Ionia had street level shops showcasing some of the country’s finest imports of the late nineteenth century. The neo-classical building was originally owned by J. Boyd Pantlind, also owner of the Pantlind Hotel. Like most notable landmarks, The Morton’s history is rich with seasons of great success and times of struggle. Blueprinted by the same architects who designed the Palmer House in Chicago, the 13-stor y structure was built as The Morton Hotel more than ninety years ago, and was considered to be the most luxurious hotel in the city. It was “the place to stay” when business travelers came by train to purchase furniture from Grand Rapids’ world-renowned manufacturers.
Recently the decision was made to perform a complete interior and exterior renovation of the structure, transforming it into a multi-use facility of high-end apartments. With the broad demolition and removal of existing constructions within the facility, RAM Construction Services performed extensive concrete patching and structural reinforcement, which included the placement of shotcrete to assist in the stabilization of the facility’s infrastructure. While our personnel was working to enhance the structure from within, we also operated on the exterior performing tuckpointing at failed mortar joints, replacing cracked brick and overall façade cleaning to restore the building to its original look and aesthetic. RAM Construction Services also performed waterproofing of a newly installed heated sidewalk, new joint sealants to various locations throughout the building and installed spray polyurethane foam to the inside of the exterior walls to ensure the future occupants were insulated from the winter cold.