Historic Structure of Grosse Pointe – The Misplaced Residence of 70 Lake Shore

Posted by Darby Moran on Tuesday, February 2nd, 2021 at 9:16am.

70 Lake Shore Front

Final week we offered a few of the grand houses, created by Alpheus Chittenden and Charles Kotting, which were misplaced over time. 

This week we stick with the theme of misplaced houses as we check out 70 Lake Shore. This hanging English Tudor impressed dwelling was in-built 1908. To this point, now we have not been capable of establish the architect and can’t affirm who commissioned it.

70 Lake Shore was a stately English Tudor fashion dwelling positioned on the shores of Lake St. Clair. The outside building is partly stucco on concrete block, and partly stucco on metallic lath. The rear of the house is especially fascinating, with a fairly distinctive design. The two-½-story residence contained 15 rooms. The principle flooring featured a big 30’ x 31’ sq foot lounge (overlooking the lake), a 14’ x 16’ sq ft solarium, a 14’ x 16’ sq ft eating room (with bay window), a eating room for maids together with a flower room. The second flooring had 5 bedrooms (the grasp was 22’ x 14’ sq ft with an enormous bay window) a 12’ x 14’ sq ft sitting room, a 13’ x 13’ sq ft workplace, 4 further bedrooms, together with two bedrooms for maids. It seems the home was enlarged in 1921. The property had a frontage on Lake Shore Drive of roughly 218 toes and a frontage on Lake St. Clair of roughly 297 toes with a considerable sea wall. One can think about the gorgeous gardens. A two-car indifferent storage was additionally a part of the property. 

70 Lake Shore Sm

First Floor

Second Floor

As early as 1948, when the property went in the marketplace (valued at $63,000 – round $675,000 at present), there was an choice for the purchaser to divide the lot into two parcels, and raze the house. The west parcel would have had 149 toes on the lake whereas the east parcel would have had 148 ft on the lake.

Through the properties 90-year historical past 70 Lake Shore was owned by a number of outstanding households. Mr. Hugh Chalmers, born in Ohio, in 1873, was one of many earlier house owners, presumably the earliest.  Mr. Chalmers started his profession working for Nationwide Money Register in Dayton, Ohio aged 14. By the point he was 30 he had risen to vp. In 1907, Mr. Chalmers bought the ‘Thomas’ half of the Thomas-Detroit Firm. Two years later, in 1909, he had full management of the corporate and renamed it the Chalmers Motor Company. The primary automobile that got here out was the Chalmers 30. Round 1909, Chalmers constructed a manufacturing facility on Jefferson Avenue in Detroit, and positioned the headquarters in Highland Park. Chalmers elevated the corporate’s visibility by hiring skilled drivers and coming into races. Within the first two years, they’d recorded 89 first place wins, 32-second-place trophies, and 21 third-place victories – in street races, hill-climbing occasions, and reliability contests. Between 1919 and 1923, Chalmers merged with the Maxwell Motor Firm. After experiencing main monetary issues over a number of years Chalmers and Maxwell have been positioned into chapter 11 in 1923, by Chrysler, and the Maxwell Motor Company was shaped from the belongings. The final Chalmers branded automobile was in-built January 1924. Supply: Wikipedia. In 1922, Hugh Chalmers register tackle was 1453 Irquois St, Detroit. This enormous 10,000 sq ft historic was commissioned by Chalmers in 1909, and designed by Albert Kahn.  It isn’t clear when Mr. Chalmers moved to 70 Lake Shore. He handed in 1932. His spouse Frances Home Chalmers and his two youngsters Hugh Jr. and Frances survived him. After 70 Lake Shore was bought (in 1948) it seems Mrs. Frances Chalmers moved to 472 Lincoln, whereas her son Hugh, and his spouse Mary Richmond Wheeler, resided at 271 Moross. 

In 1948, Mr. Christian H. Haberkorn Jr. bought the property for $47,500 (round $510,000 at present). Regardless of the choice to divide the lot into two parcels and raze the house Mr. Haberkorn stored the home and the property intact. Prior to buying 70 Lake Shore C. H. Haberkorn Jr. was already accustomed to gracious dwelling. He had beforehand resided at 16761 E. Jefferson, an impressive mansion he commissioned that was accomplished by certainly one of Detroit’s best architects, Louis Kamper, between 1916-17. You’ll be able to learn the full story of 16761 E. Jefferson by clicking here. 

Christian H. Haberkorn, Jr., was a outstanding banker in Detroit. He was the son of C. H. Haberkorn, Sr., and Fances H. Ruehle, whose household had been outstanding in Detroit for 4 generations. Born in Detroit, 1889, he graduated from Harvard in 1912, with a level in Economics. Shortly after leaving Harvard Mr. Haberkorn Jr. started his profession with C. H. Haberkorn & Co., producers of furnishings, the place he held the title of secretary and treasurer. He was additionally carefully related to a number of different vital enterprise pursuits that have been held by his father – he held the place(s) of secretary of the Grosse Pointe Company, and was secretary and treasurer of the Haberkorn Funding Firm. 

In 1960, primarily based on our recordsdata we perceive the worth of 70 Lake Shore was assessed at $57,000. Nevertheless, the valuation famous that appreciable adorning and updating was required to carry the property inline with ‘current day requirements’. In 1963, Edward Frederick Lambrecht Sr., a outstanding realtor, bought the property – it seems it remained within the Lambrecht household till 1982.

In 1988, 70 Lake Shore was bought for the ultimate time. It was demolished within the early 1990’s and the land listed on the market.  

*Images courtesy of the Higbie Maxon Agney archives except said.


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