Historical Architecture of Grosse Pointe – 625 Lakeshore, aka the Harry Mulford Jewett House

During the late nineteenth and early twentieth Century two very different styles of homes began to appear on Lakeshore. The early Indian trail had begun to witness a tug of war between the wealthy Detroit businessmen wanting to build themselves a summer cottage and those wanting to construct a year round residence for their families next to the water. *

Land was at premium; the two vastly different types of property were replacing the original farmhouses. First came the summer cottages; typically in Queen Anne Style, they set the tone for many of the new homes that were built in the area at the ‘turn of the century’. Many of the properties were built in picturesque settings with well-manicured lawns and elegant flower gardens.

Example of Queen Anne style House

Example of Queen Anne style House

In stark contrast were the larger year round colonial revival style residences with their formal gardens. Grosse Pointe was fast becoming the place to live, and these new homes had begun to emerge, born from the desire of many families to escape the city and move to the suburbs.

625 Lakeshore

Colonial Revival Residence – 625 Lakeshore

The early 20th Century marked the growth of Detroit thanks to the introduction of the automobile, which marked the end of the Victorian, Queen Anne style era. Colonial revival architecture was now in vogue and many of the summer cottages that adorned Lakeshore were quickly being out numbered by year-round structures.

One early example of the new style year-round family home, which still stands proudly overlooking the lake, is house number 625 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Shores, also known as the Harry Mulford Jewett house – originally named ‘Maplehurst’.

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