The Story of 20 West 8th Street

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We love our building: the historic facade, the unique tin walls and ceilings, and the beautiful wood detailing. It is one-of-a-kind and represents so much of Holland’s history over the last 100 years.

Built in 1898, our building originally served as the Van der Veen Clothing Store until Hansen Drug Store opened in the space and occupied the building for almost 40 years. Many Holland locals may remember buying fountain drinks, nylons, and shaving cream at Hansen Drug Store. In the 1990s, the main level became 8th Street Grille. And in 2018 we launched Waverly Stone Gastropub to bring fresh, creative food and friendly service to Holland’s pub scene.

 We also wanted to share Holland’s rich history by focusing on the waverly stone, the tin walls and ceiling, and the beautiful facade. We’re so grateful to be part of this building’s story and the Holland community.

The architecture is Victorian Romanesque, and you can see that best in the details on the front of the building: ornately detailed oriel windows and convex glass and masonry walls (waverly stone) with rough-faced square stonework. The original floors are covered by the current hardwood floors which were installed in the early years of 8th Street Grille, but the beautiful tin ceilings and walls are original.