A pictorial history of Grand Rapids, Michigan’s reign as Furniture City. The city’s displays at the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exposition left no doubt that “Grand Rapids” and “fine furniture” were synonymous. Presidents Hoover, Roosevelt, Truman, and Eisenhower all worked at Grand Rapids-made desks. Clark Gable chose G. R. furnishings for his house, and also the Gone with the Wind set, prompting Macy’s Department Store to introduce “Miss Pitty-Pat’s Boudoir Suite.” The glory days lasted until the mid-1900s, when North Carolina lured the manufacturers South.