In 1917 the owner of the two-story Elston Storage Building needed to make a large expansion to his facility located at 733 Wealthy St SE in Grand Rapids, MI. Positioned in the middle of a deeply entrenched residential community, he knew the only place to go was up. He consulted with renowned Grand Rapids Architect Lee DeCamp to offer an affordable solution. Mr. DeCamp looked at many possibilities, but decided to raise the roof and build three more stories under it. It was an aggressive “Feat in Engineering”, but F. S. Elston proceeded with the project. The October 28, 1917 edition of The Grand Rapids Herald reported “in 65 working days added three stories, set the original roof in place without even a crack, and all the while Mr. Elston was doing business in the original two stories. There was not a dollar’s worth of damage. “ When completed the warehouse was the largest in the State, absolutely fireproof, and “the last word in construction of such buildings.”
It is with that same pioneering spirit of business savvy and innovation that the Elston Storage Building will be developed into a state of the art center called “Live Wealthy.” A place where tenants and business owners can experience more than just an opportunity for financial wealth. All on Wealthy Street.