Entries by Katie Doelle

Historical Architecture of Grosse Pointe – Welcome to the DuCharme Family

Last week we explored two homes on Whittier, number 1005, and number 1305, completed in 1927, designed by Beckett & Akitt, and Rupert W. Koch, respectively. This week we are going to introduce you to some of the homes that were owned by the well-known DuCharme family, focusing on 365 University Place in particular. This […]

Historical Architecture of Grosse Pointe – Welcome to 1005 and 1305 Whittier

Last week we introduced you to 750 Whittier, the spectacular residence completed, in 1920, for Detroit Lumber baron, Frederic M. Sibley. This week we stay on Whittier, and head up the road to investigate two beautiful homes, number 1005, and number 1305. These two residences were completed in the same year, in two very different, […]

Historical Architecture of Grosse Pointe – Welcome to 750 Whittier

Last week we introduced you to 487 Rivard. Esselstyn and Murphy completed this grand clapboard Colonial property, in 1919, for Bernhard Stroh Jr., former president of the Stroh Brewery Company. This week we head to Grosse Pointe Park, and to a classic Tudor Revival estate, 750 Whittier. This spectacular residence was completed, in 1920, for […]

Historical Architecture of Grosse Pointe – Welcome to 487 Rivard

Last week we presented 1 Donovan Place, completed in 1916, by George D. Mason, for Fremont Woodruff. The superb French styled home is situated next to the lake; the original address of the residence was 17160 E. Jefferson. This week we are going to introduce you to 487 Rivard, Grosse Pointe City. Esselstyn and Murphy […]

Historical Architecture of Grosse Pointe – Welcome to 1 Donovan Place

Last week we introduced you to the work of Hancock & Butler. The firm was particular active in Grosse Pointe during the late 1920’s, as both designer’s and builders. Between 1928 through 1931 they designed and built around 17 homes, in the Farms and City. This week we are going to stop by 1 Donovan […]

Historical Architecture of Grosse Pointe – Welcome to the Work of Hancock & Butler

Last week we explored one of the lost mansions, 15444 Windmill Pointe. Completed, in 1951, it was designed by Alfred C. Emmerling for Alfred Epstein, president of the Pfeiffer Brewing Company. It was demolished in 2016, and a new home is currently being constructed in its place. This week we would like to introduce you […]

Historical Architecture of Grosse Pointe – Welcome to 15444 Windmill Pointe

Last week we presented 1048 Yorkshire, completed, in 1917, by one of Detroit’s most accomplished architects C. Howard Crane, for Bertrand C. Spitzley, one of Detroit’s more prominent, and successful realtors. This week we are going to explore one of the lost mansions on Windmill Pointe – number 15444. Completed, in 1951, the 4,712 sq […]

Historical Architecture of Grosse Pointe – Welcome to 1048 Yorkshire

Last week we explored the superb formal residence of 281 University Place, completed in 1918, by Charles Kotting, for Harold Palmer. This week we would like to present 1048 Yorkshire, completed, in 1917, by one of Detroit’s most accomplished architects C. Howard Crane, for Bertrand C. Spitzley, one of Detroit’s more prominent, and successful realtors. […]

Historical Architecture of Grosse Pointe – Welcome to 281 University

Last week we explored 849 Balfour. J. Ivan Dise completed the 4,326 sq ft Tudor revival home, in 1923, for Bertrand C. Spitzley, president of the Houseman-Spitzley Corporation, and one of Detroit’s more prominent, and successful realtors. This week we head to the superb formal residence of 281 University Place, completed in 1918, by Charles […]

Historical Architecture of Grosse Pointe – Welcome to 849 Balfour

Last week we presented 1011 Yorkshire. Ladue & Rahles completed the historic Colonial, in 1916, for Edmund F. Poupard, a member of the respected Poupard family who owned one of the original ribbon farms that once lined the shores of Lake St. Clair. This week we stay in Grosse Pointe Park, and head to the […]