323 South Division is the address of the Herkimer Hotel. Owner Samuel Jenks who came to Grand Rapids from Herkimer County, New York named his hotel for Nicholas Herkimer a famous revolutionary war hero and ancestor of Jenks’s wife. The Herkimer was built in two phases, with the southwest section of the building erected in 1895 and the northern/western sections added in 1907.

Architectural features

Jenks incorporated many splendid features in the hotel to provide gracious suroundings for hotel guests. Among these are:

  • vaulted ceilings
  • hand carved banisters
  • classic woodwork
  • two-story atria
  • skylights


[[address:=323 South Division]] is located in the Heartside-Downtown neighborhood. Geographic coordinates are 42.957333° N, 85.668039° WLatitude: 42°57′26.399″N
Longitude: 85°40′4.94″W


Portions of this post were originally written by Heather Ibrahim for the Heartside Mainstreet Program, reproduced with permission.