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The Old Club: 1904

The Old Club: 1904

St. Clair Flats, Michigan, circa 1904. "The Old Club." Earlier glimpsed here. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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Amsterdam School Architecture?

Makes me think of Amsterdam School Architecture.

Date of the building?

Does anyone know the name of an architect? Or a date? I have sent this photograph to friends and asked for a date....commonly they think it German and from the early part of the 20th century (ca. 1920) for its shape. Was this a lighthouse originally, possibly? It could date from the early 1870s (as noted in the history) but it could also be a little later. Many thanks for this very intriguing post!!

[Built specifically for the St. Clair Fishing and Shooting Club in 1887. Architects: Rogers and MacFarlane, Detroit. - tterrace]

The Old Club History

This building burned to the ground in April 1926. Interesting video on the site shown above, with pictures from before and after the fire.

Great Lake Steamers

St. Clair Flats was where many Great Lake passenger steamers took people for day and weekend outings away from the big city. If I had been born back then and been with your mother, you would not have been able to shut me up either!

Indeed there is such a place

The St. Clair flats was and certainly still does exist. It is a large expanse of water, marsh and islands that sits on the northern edge of Lake St. Clair at the south end of the St. Clair River. For those that are not familiar with the region, think Michigan, about 40 miles North and East of Detroit, on the Canadian border. The area continues to be a mecca for boaters, fisherman, hunters, weekend cottagers and water lovers. One of the interesting features of this area are the many dozens of vacation homes that sit on tiny individual islands in Lake St. Clair, most of them no larger than the cottages themselves. A starkly beautiful area, "the flats" will always be pure Michigan.

St. Clair Flats

My grandmother, born c. 1890, had a way of making the entire family roll their eyes when she'd reminisce about the St. Clair Flats. She's gone now, of course, and her stories are long forgotten. If nothing else, this photo proves there was such a place.

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