Last week we presented some of the homes on Lake Shore, in Grosse Pointe Shores, that were built before 1911, of which there were more than a dozen properties. A significant number of the homes built around this period still exist today.

This week we remain in Grosse Pointe Shores to explore one of the finest homes ever built in the community, 880 Lake Shore, designed by architectural legend Albert Kahn for the leader of Michigan’s sugar industry Clinton Goodloe Edgar. 

880 Lake Shore, completed in 1916, is an 8,403 sq ft Italian Renaissance inspired residence - a popular choice of Kahn for the projects he completed in Grosse Pointe Shores during this era. William Hawkins Ferry, in The Buildings of Detroit, wrote “the Italian Renaissance…

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Last week we visited the Grosse Pointe Shores municipal park, located at 800 Lake Shore Rd. The 8.3-acre park was named after George Osius in recognition of his contributions to The Village of Grosse Pointe Shores.

This week we stay in Grosse Pointe Shores to look at some of the homes that were built before 1911. 1911 was a significant year in the community - The Village of Grosse Pointe Shores (GPS) was incorporated on April 3; President George Osius hosted the first Village Council meeting at his home on Tuesday April 11.

The early residents of Grosse Pointe Shores played a significant role in the development and success of the community. Many lived in homes constructed before 1911, of which there were more than a dozen properties. It was a…

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Last week we explored the lost home, 900 Lake Shore. The Southern Colonial style home was completed in 1913, for George Osius, the first president of the Village of GP Shores. It was also the location of the Junior League of Detroit's first Designers’ Show House in 1976. Sadly, it was raised after 1987 (date unknown).

This week we continue with our visit to Grosse Pointe Shores as we explore the municipal park Park, located at 800 Lake Shore Rd. The 8.3-acre park was named after George Osius in recognition of his contributions to The Village of Grosse Pointe Shores.

Beginning in the spring of 1911, George Osius became the first president of the Village of Grosse Pointe Shores - The Village of Grosse Pointe Shores (GPS) was incorporated on April…

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Last week we stopped by 280 Vincennes to present the story of world-renowned landscape architect Thomas Dolliver Church who designed the garden. Thomas Church was a coveted landscape architect whose reputation and influence were worldwide.

This week we return to Lake Shore to explore the lost home of 900 Lake Shore. Completed in 1913, it was commissioned by George Osius – the first president of the Village of GP Shores.

According to our files, 900 Lake Shore was designed and built by the firm of Pollmar & Ropes. It was not only the home of the first president of the newly established Village of GP Shores but was also the venue of the Junior League of Detroit’s first Designer’s Show House.

900 Lake Shore was a 6,000 sq ft, 17-room Southern…

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