Entries by Katie Doelle

Historical Architecture of Grosse Pointe – The Yacht Club 2

Last week we began our two-part feature on The Grosse Pointe Yacht. Part one focused on when the club was formed, the architect, and the costs associated with building the clubhouse. This week, we present the design of the club house, from the ornate exterior to the splendid Italian influenced interior. As previously reported, the […]

Historical Architecture of Grosse Pointe – The Yacht Club 1

Last week we covered the story of the Grosse Pointe Club, designed by prominent Grosse Pointe architect Robert O. Derrick. Affectionately known as the “Little Club” the clubhouse officially opened in January 1927, at 6 Berkshire Place on the shores of Lake St. Clair. This week we continue with the theme of clubs in Grosse […]

Historical Architecture of Grosse Pointe – Grosse Pointe Club

Happy 2023!  In the last post of 2022, we presented 714 Grand Marais, one of the crown jewels of Grosse Pointe Park. The stunning Mediterranean style home on the shores of Lake St. Clair was designed by Robert O. Derrick in 1925. For the first post in 2023, we continue with the work of Robert […]

Historical Architecture of Grosse Pointe – 714 Grand Marais

Last week we concluded our series on the Detroit Free Press Home-of the-Week recipients,  390 Merriweather was awarded the converted title in November 1938. The property is a splendid Cape Cod designed and built by Walter H. Mast. The “model home” was held open to the public, in November 1938, for one day only – […]

Historical Architecture of Grosse Pointe – 390 Merriweather

Last week we presented two Detroit Free Press Home-of-the Week recipients from 1936. The residences, 305 and 307 Merriweather, couldn’t have been more different in terms of architectural approach. However, what united them was that they were designed for the modern American family. This week we stay on Merriweather to conclude our series on the […]

Historical Architecture of Grosse Pointe – Homes of the Week

Last week we explored 285 Mt. Vernon (formerly 37 Mt. Vernon), featured in the Detroit Free Press as it’s Home-of-the-Week in November 1936. 285 Mt. Vernon is an excellent example of a 1930’s “modern” family home. This week we stay with the Detroit Free Press Home-of-the Week as we take a more in-depth look at […]

Historical Architecture of Grosse Pointe – 285 Mt. Vernon

Last week we presented 324 McMillan, completed in 1935. Designed by Merrit & Cole, the house was constructed by eight well-known and respected east side Detroit builders who collaborated on the project to create the “modern” ‘1935 Better Style Home’, as featured in the Detroit Free Press. This week we stay with theme of “modern” […]

Historical Architecture of Grosse Pointe – 324 McMillan

Last week we featured a wonderful English Tudor home in Grosse Pointe Park – 1025 Buckingham. The 4,227 sq ft property was completed in 1938-39 for Ray W. Scott, who built it for himself. The house was designed and built by Joseph J. Berger – a renowned designer and builder during the 1930’s. Mr. Berger […]

Historical Architecture of Grosse Pointe – 1025 Buckingham

Last week we went to Briarcliff Drive in Grosse Pointe Woods to explore The Liggett School and the Headmaster’s residence, completed in 1964-65 and 1966 respectively. The properties, located adjacent to each other at 850 and 800 Briarcliff Drive, are superb examples of Georgian architecture. This week we return to residential architecture as we visit […]

Historical Architecture of Grosse Pointe – Liggett School & Headmaster’s Residence

Last week we visited 1251 Devonshire, a classically styled center entrance Colonial home. The property was completed in 1916-1917 by John W. Case for George Washington Yeoman and his wife Lucie Anne Clark Prentice. Mr. Yeoman was widely known in business circles and a former vice president of the Continental Motor Company. This week we head […]