Historic District in Holland in Ottawa County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Reformed Church in America
In 1854, seven years after Dutch settlers came to this area, the Reformed Church in America established an English-language preaching mission in Holland. Principals from the Holland Academy, which became Hope College in 1866, served as early ministers. In 1862 the mission became Hope Church, Second Protestant Dutch Reformed Church. The congregation’s ten charter members were led by missionary preacher Philip Phelps, who later became the first president of Hope College. The church and college have been closely associated, sharing the same name and similar seals featuring an “anchor of hope.” Through the years the congregation’s progressive spirit has attracted people from diverse backgrounds.
In 1860 the Reverend Albertus C. Van Raalte, founder of Holland, gave this congregation four village lots on this site. The original 1864 frame building burned in Holland’s 1871 fire. In 1874 a simple brick Gothic Revival church, designed by Carl Pfeiffer of New York City, was built. When razed in 1981 to build the Parish Life Center, its bracketed belfry and thirty-one-foot spire were saved. Clark and Munger of Bay City designed the
Erected 1991 by Bureau of History, Michigan Department of State. (Marker Number L1648a.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion • Education • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Michigan Historical Commission series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1854.
Location. 42° 47.259′ N, 86° 6.645′ W. Marker is in Holland, Michigan, in Ottawa County. It is in the Historic District. Marker is on West 11th Street, 0.1 miles west of South River Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 77 West 11th Street, Holland MI 49423, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First United Methodist Church (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Third Reformed Church (about 600 feet away); Dutch in Michigan (about 600 feet away); Holland Post Office (about 700 feet away); Kraker (approx. 0.2 miles away); Central Avenue Christian Reformed Church The Netherlands Museum (approx. 0.2 miles away); Tower Clock (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Holland.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 5, 2023. It was originally submitted on October 20, 2021, by John Garman of Rochester Hills. This page has been viewed 132 times since then and 57 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 20, 2021, by John Garman of Rochester Hills. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.