Grosse Pointe, Michigan 1880-1930 (Images of America)

Overview

If Detroit was characterized as "The Paris of the Midwest" at the turn of the 20th century, then Grosse Pointe was the Riviera. There wealthy summer colonists, influential transplants from the bustle of the metropolis, founded private clubs where they could pursue polite pleasures and high society soirees away from the honky-tonk atmosphere of the area roadhouses which shared the shoreline of Lake St. Clair. Architecturally significant mansions on rambling estates soon replaced quaint French farm houses a nd ...

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Overview

If Detroit was characterized as "The Paris of the Midwest" at the turn of the 20th century, then Grosse Pointe was the Riviera. There wealthy summer colonists, influential transplants from the bustle of the metropolis, founded private clubs where they could pursue polite pleasures and high society soirees away from the honky-tonk atmosphere of the area roadhouses which shared the shoreline of Lake St. Clair. Architecturally significant mansions on rambling estates soon replaced quaint French farm houses a nd gingerbread "cottages." As the good times rolled, no one was willing to let a little thing like Prohibition spoil the fun! The fact that the residents' elegant yachts and iceboats had to share the waters with rumrunners and federal agents only added to the excitement of an area fast becoming one of America's premier suburban enclaves. This new publication successfully captures the magical spirit of the Pointes. With photographs from personal and public collections, the authors have painted a wonderful picture of what it was like to live in Grosse Pointe during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738508405
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 4/1/2001
  • Series: Images of America Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 950,822
  • Product dimensions: 6.52 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Madeleine Socia is an award winning writer, editor, and public relations consultant. She is also a Trustee of the Grosse Pointe Historical Society. Suzy Berschback is a freelance photographer and a member of the Grosse Pointe Historical Society and the Grosse Pointe Artists Association.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6
Introduction 7
1. Down on the Farm 11
2. Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight 19
3. In the Good Old Summertime 27
4. Everybody's Doing it Now 45
5. High Society 53
6. How Firm a Foundation 69
7. Ain't We Got Fun? 89
8. I'm Sitting Pretty in a Pretty Little City 103
Bibliography 126
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