Entries by Katie Doelle

Historical Architecture of Grosse Pointe – The Punch & Judy Theater

Last week we presented the story of 1009 Harvard in Grosse Pointe. The 2,993 sq ft brick French Colonial property was designed by prolific architect Carl R. Habermas and built by noted builder, R. C. Ranke. It was completed in 1940. Despite being built over 80 years ago the house, to date, has only had […]

Historical Architecture of Grosse Pointe – 1009 Harvard

Last week we explored the history of The Bronze Door restaurant on The Hill. The origins of The Bronze Door began in 1933, when Joseph Vansinamee opened a beer garden, known as the Punch and Judy bar, in a small building on the space that is now the location of The Bronze Door. Over the […]

Historical Architecture of Grosse Pointe – The Bronze Door Restaurant

Last week we presented the story of the Hill, in Grosse Pointe Farms. Located on Kercheval Avenue running from Muir Road to Fisher Road, the small crest of land includes offices, shops, restaurants, and the main branch of the Grosse Pointe Public Library. For over 90 years, this prestigious three-block commercial center has been home […]

Historical Architecture of Grosse Pointe – The Hill Commercial District

Last week we brought you the story of 8 Carmel Lane, designed by Albert Kahn in 1912, for prominent businessman Philip H. McMillan. The property was once set on 14 acres. This week we move away from residential properties to bring you the story of one of Grosse Pointes most popular and iconic commercial districts […]

Historical Architecture of Grosse Pointe – 8 Carmel Lane

Last week we visited 22 Lee Gate Lane, a one-of-a-kind modern residence designed by Hugh T. Keyes for Robert Hudson Tannahill, a renowned art collector in Detroit, nephew of department store king Joseph L. Hudson, and first cousin of Eleanor Ford, wife of Edsel Ford. This week we are going to bring you the story […]

Historical Architecture of Grosse Pointe – 22 Lee Gate Lane

Last week we explored 30 Beverly Road, a distinctive English Cottage style residence, completed in 1913, by Marcus Burrowes & Dalton R. Wells for Florence L. Pond, daughter of a distinguished lawyer in Detroit. This week we jump forward to 1947, to visit 22 Lee Gate Lane. This one-of-a-kind modern residence was designing by Hugh […]

Historical Architecture of Grosse Pointe – 30 Beverly Road

Last week we presented the story of 251 Lincoln – another superb property by Louis Kamper from his Italian Renaissance period. As previously mentioned, some of Kamper’s work, during the early twentieth century, was heavily influenced by Italian Renaissance architecture. He created at least three significant properties in Grosse Pointe in this style – 285 […]

Historical Architecture of Grosse Pointe –251 Lincoln Road

Last week explored another property by Louis Kamper as we traveled to Washington Road to visit an historic home located at the foot of the street – 285 Washington, completed in 1912, for James L. Lee. This week we stay with the work of Louis Kamper, to feature another superb property from his Italian Renaissance […]