The newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series is Grosse Point War Memorial from local author Suzy Berschback and Ann Marie Aliotta. The book boasts more than 200 vintage images and memories of the historic landmark.
In many ways the story of the 1910 mansion, The Moorings, tells the story of one segment of life in Grosse Pointe. For more than two decades, the home represented life on the lake for a typical wealthy family. It was built by Russell A. Alger Jr., the lumber baron and industrialist who cofounded the Packard Motor Car Company and helped the Wright brothers finance their first company.
What makes the story of the home complete is what happened when the family no longer lived there. After 12 years as a branch of the Detroit Institute of Arts, the home fulfilled its destiny as a memorial to veterans and a center for arts and education: the Grosse Pointe War Memorial. Today it is truly a hub of activity for Grosse Pointe and the surrounding communities. Guests can still enjoy the beautiful design of the home while attending a memorial service, lecture, stage production, luncheon or summer concert outside on the lawn.
The Grosse Pointe War Memorial today is a testament to the generosity of its original owners and their desire to share the beauty of their home with generations to come.
Highlights of Grosse Pointe War Memorial:
• A portion of the profits from the book will benefit the Grosse Pointe War Memorial.
• Several photographs in the book came from the Grosse Pointe War Memorial, the Grosse Pointe Historical Society and the Country Club of Detroit archives.
• Thomas Edison, the Wright Brothers and many entrepreneurs of the day have spent time with the Alger family as detailed in the book.
• The home’s 100th anniversary is celebrated in 2010.
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