A Peek at the Pointe’s, (Grosse that is.)

Fascinating web site on the history of the Pointe’s. Included in the Grosse Pointe Historical Society’s pages is a new slide show called “Puttin’ on the Glitz.” It looks at some of the auto baron’s lives and residences which were almost all located on Lake Shore Drive at the turn of the 20th Century. These giants of the industry shaped the economy and destiny of Detroit for the next one hundred years.

Interesting photographs of the families at play, their mansions and lifestyles. One shot shows Russell Alger and his wife getting ready to fly what looks like a Wright Brothers airplane. Another shows the “Joy Bells” that are now located at the corner of Grosse Pointe Blvd. and Moross. Joy’s wife would ring them to let him know dinner was ready while he was out yachting on Lake St. Claire. In todays day and age, nieghbors would have sued to stop construction much less allowed them to ring. Architectual and satorical elegance abound for those who enjoy the history of the families who founded Ford, Dodge and Packard car companies.

2 Comments so far

  1. max (unregistered) on February 14th, 2007 @ 4:35 pm

    very cool stuff. after being the victim of my own personal little crime wave through most of 2006 i finally packed up and moved out of The City
    and found myself a new place near the corner of Lakeshore & Vernier so knowing and seeing that stuff will make me look a little closer at the area around there.

  2. Tom (unregistered) on February 15th, 2007 @ 11:29 am

    Max, I did the same thing. I moved over to Jefferson & Beaconsfield in the Park though so I guess I’m still within spittin’ distance from Alter Rd.

    If you’re looking for some crazy houses, drive down to Windmill Pointe (take Beaconsfield south of Jefferson all the way to it’s terminus and then take Middlesex down to Windmill Pointe).

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