Last week we went to Grosse Pointe City to explore the St. Clair Terraces. Completed in 1928, the terraces were designed by the legendary architect C. Howard Crane and built by John P. Frazer, a noted builder in Detroit. When they formally opened, on October 6, 1929, they were “the hot new thing” in town.

This week we head to the “crown jewel” of Grosse Pointe Farms, Pier Park. Each city in Grosse Pointe has at least one municipal park on the shores of Lake St. Clair. The parks vary in size and amenities, and for many residents’ they are arguably the focal point of the community.

Pier Park in Grosse Pointe Farms is a beautiful space, filled with some of the best facilities in the area. Over the years it has undergone multiple changes, upgrades,…

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Last week we were on Lake Shore, exploring 785 Lake Shore, located opposite the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club. Completed in 1916, it is one of the earlier homes to be constructed in the vicinity of Grosse Pointe Shores.

This week we head to Grosse Pointe City, to the street of St. Clair and to the St. Clair Terraces. Completed in 1928, the terraces were designed by the legendary architect C. Howard Crane and built by John P. Frazer, a noted builder in Detroit.

The 1920’s was a boom time in architectural development across the Grosse Pointe communities. Aside from the rapid development of many single-family homes, the period was also a time when several apartment buildings were constructed, including: 

  •        The English Terrace townhouses -…

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Last week we presented an outstanding French Normandy style home in Grosse Pointe Farms, 78 Lake Shore, completed in 1928, by the multi-talented Hugh T. Keyes for Marie Fleitz Dwyer, the widow of Francis T. Dwyer.

This week we stay on Lake Shore, heading north to explore 785 Lake Shore, located opposite the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club. Completed in 1916, it is one of the earlier permanent homes to be constructed in the vicinity of Grosse Pointe Shores. 

785 Lake Shore was once located on a large double lot with a perfect view of Lake St. Clair - the main entrance had steps down to the front lawn, overlooking the lake. A real estate listing from 1975, described the house as a “mini castle”. The English architectural style home is constructed from…

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Do you love real estate but are not interested in selling? If the answer is yes, we have a job for you. Higbie Maxon Agney Realtors has been in the business for over 90 years, and we currently have two positions available: Transaction Coordinator and Receptionist.

Transaction Coordinator:

Hours – 9am -5pm M-F
Health Insurance
Paid Vacation / Sick Time
Paid Holidays

Position details:
We are looking for a positive, energetic person to join our office team as a transaction coordinator to support our real estate agents and help with general office duties. Since real estate is a 24/7 business, there could be occasional after hours or weekend tasks to be managed – remotely.

What…

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Last week we featured the work of a lesser-known designer Joseph P. Jogerst. Born in Marathon, Wisconsin in 1884, he created at least two homes in Grosse Pointe Park – 1006 Whittier Rd and 1000 Devonshire – and was a leading name in the design of apartment buildings in Metro Detroit during the 1920’s, and the mid 1940’s.

This week we head to an outstanding home in Grosse Pointe Farms, 78 Lake Shore. The French Normandy style home was completed in 1928, by the multi-talented Hugh T. Keyes for Marie Fleitz Dwyer, the widow of Francis T. Dwyer. It is one of the finest examples of French Normandy architecture in the Grosse Pointe communities - the French Normandy style had become popular in the U.S shortly after the First World War when French chateaus…

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Last week we explored a rather splendid home, 1100 Three Mile Drive, completed in 1927. The property is located on the corner of Three Mile Drive and St. Paul, on a double lot, close to an acre of land that was originally part of the Henry Russel Three-Mile Subdivision (lots 23 & 24).

This week we turn our attention to the work of a lesser-known designer Joseph P. Jogerst, born in Marathon, Wisconsin in 1884. While he only created a couple of homes in Grosse Pointe Park – 1006 Whittier Rd and 1000 Devonshire – it appears he was a leading name in the design of apartment buildings in Metro Detroit during the 1920’s, and the mid 1940’s.

Joseph P. Jogerst arrived in Detroit during the early twentieth century and quickly became an active and…

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Last week we explored 15410 Windmill Pointe. The sprawling estate was completed in 1924, by Alfred Hopkins & Associates for William Pickett Harris, Jr. an investment banker and a significant authority on zoology.

This week we stay in Grosse Pointe Park and head to a rather splendid home, 1100 Three Mile Drive, completed in 1927. The property is located on the corner of Three Mile Drive and St. Paul, on a double lot, close to an acre of land that was originally part of the Henry Russel Three-Mile Subdivision (lots 23 & 24).

1100 Three Mile Dr. is an historic Tudor residence. The design of this 4,979 sq ft house is quite unusual in that both the exterior and interior boast a harmonious blend of sharp angles and curves. The large triangular…

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Last week we presented the story of 354 Washington, a fabulous Georgian Colonial style home designed by John Scott completed in 1912. The property was one of the earliest homes to be constructed on the first block of Washington.

This week we travel to Windmill Pointe to visit another iconic home, 15410 Windmill Pointe. The sprawling estate was completed in 1924, by Alfred Hopkins & Associates for William Pickett Harris, Jr. an investment banker and a significant authority on zoology.

15410 Windmill Pointe is a splendid English Manor style home located on the shores of Lake St. Clair. The 9,599 sq ft property is constructed from sandstone with rough stucco that provides a superb blend of textures and colors. The exterior is awash with exquisite…

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Last week we explored another iconic Georgian residence, the majestic 211 Vendome, designed by Robert O. Derrick in 1929, for Franklin Caldwell Walker, grandson of whiskey baron Hiram Walker. The 18,158 sq ft property is set on two and a half acres and is arguably one of the finest homes in Grosse Pointe.

This week we stay with the theme of classically designed homes as we head to 354 Washington, a fabulous Georgian Colonial style home designed by John Scott, completed in 1912. The property was one of the earliest homes to be constructed on the first block of Washington.

We previously featured the work of John Scott a couple of weeks ago when we explored the lost estate, 575 Lake Shore also known as “Clairview”, completed between 1911-1915, for…

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Last week we headed to arguably one of the most prestigious streets in Grosse Pointe - Provencal - to review an impressive Georgian residence, 34 Provencal, completed in 1912, by architectural legend Louis Kamper for John Scripps Sweeney Sr. 

This week we head to another iconic Georgian residence, the majestic 211 Vendome, designed by Robert O. Derrick in 1929, for Franklin Caldwell Walker, grandson of whiskey baron Hiram Walker. The 18,158 sq ft property is set on two and a half acres and is possibly one of the finest homes in Grosse Pointe.

211 Vendome is a classically styled Georgian home with all the many traits one would associate with this style of residence built in the 1920’s. Grosse Pointe Farms, during the 1920’s, was a time of change,…

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