Grand Estates of Grosse Pointe

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The first inhabitants of Grosse Pointe can be traced back to the mid-18th century, when French farmers occupied ribbon farms on the shores of Lake St. Clair. Since then, Grosse Pointe has come a long way. The once rural farming community, located on marshland and notoriously difficult to reach, has become home to some of the most prestigious residences in the country. During the early 20th century, Grosse Pointe transitioned from a popular summer retreat for wealthy Detroit families to a permanent home for prominent professionals, who hired the finest architects money could buy to build grand mansions. By the 1930s, Georgian and Tudor residences were commonplace, and Grosse Pointe was a thriving community awash with renowned families, natural beauty, historical architecture, and grand estates.
ISBN: 9781467104821
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Michigan
Series: Images of America
Images: 192
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Katie Doelle is a writer and designer. Originally from England, she moved to Grosse Pointe in 2012 and became fascinated by the architecture. In 2014, she joined the Grosse Pointe Historical Society (serving on the historic plaque committee for two years) and began writing a weekly architectural blog for local realtor Higbie Maxon Agney (HMA). The majority of the images used in the book are from HMA’s archives.
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