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The Morton House

Monroe and Ionia, Grand Rapids

Morton House 1940's

Morton House 1940’s

Kitten Club – The Kitten Club was relatively short-lived and eventually gave way to another restaurant/watering hole inside the Morton House known as “Les Idees,” which was popular during the ‘70s and ‘80s and more likely to be remembered by locals.

How mother of 10 fooled bar staff to get job as Kitten Club waitress to help make ends meet


FrancellStout was 37 when she was red as a Kitten in the Kitten Club at the Morton House.

Francell Stout was 37 when she was red as a Kitten in the Kitten Club at the Morton House.

Morton House - Fran Stout

Morton House – Fran Stout (r)



Former Morton Hotel was a downtown Grand Rapids hot spot in its glory days



1896 – The Morton House, a multi-storied hotel at the corner of Monroe and Ionia, has shops at street level, all with their awnings unfurled. At the corner the awning of White & White Druggists advertises that they are open all night, sell surgical instruments as well as soda water and Key West imported cigars. A large blackboard on the side of the building possibly lists items for sale. Horses and carriages line Ionia Ave. Most of the hotel’s windows have individual awnings, and the top floor shows three wrought iron balconies with awnings over them. A street light of the arc variety hangs over the intersection just above the head of the first horse and carriage and to the right of the White & White awning. The iron poles on the corners a part of the lighting system also. A fire hydrant is just in front of the first horse, and right on the corner is a mail box. Several streetcar tracks run on Monroe, and several telephone poles are visible on both Monroe and Ionia. A bicycle is parked at the curb in front the the druggist, and several pedestrians, some with umbrellas providing shade from the sun, are on the sidewalk.



Plans underway to convert downtown’s vacant Morton House into ‘market-rate’ apartments


Boar's Head and Crest on key chain

Boar’s Head and Crest on key chain







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Morton House Blanket

Morton House Blanket

One Response to The Morton House

  1. sandra carlin says:

    Hello….I found two of the same key chain …I was going through my parents home after their death and found them. I was wondering if you wanted them or do you know if they are worth anything?

    Thank you
    Sandra Carlin

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