architecture and building


Abandoned Mansion by Paul
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Montgomery County, New York.

View of dock and railings leading to Detroit Boat Club; building has tile roof and covered verandas. “D” flag displayed on roof; small Detroit Boat Club sign on railing. Printed on front: “Detroit Boat Club, Belle Isle, Detroit, Mich.” Printed on back: “Detroit Boat Club, Belle Isle, Detroit, Mich. Boat Club, Belle Isle. The Detroit Boat Club is one of the most exclusive social and athletic organizations in Detroit. Its handsome home on Belle Isle near the bridge wars erected in 1902 to replace one destroyed by fire. The building is one of the finest of its kind in the world. Its members enjoy unusual facilities for their favorite sport of rowing, which they combine with sailing and canoeing. Their balls feature the summer in Detroit society. In front of the bridge entrance to the club is one of the finest flower beds on the island. R-27326.” Handwritten on back: “Dear Aunt Lizzie, why in thunder don’t you people write and tell us the Novi news. I ask you to let us know if Ethel was married. Elsie wrote a card to Aunt Lizzie Kelly and told her about Ethel being married so Aunt Jennie ask me if I had heard so let us know as we’re anxious to hear. Lovingly, Frances.” Card is postmarked February 27, 1913.

  • Courtesy of the Burton Historical Collection, Detroit Public Library