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Grayhaven 1943- 40-foot 1937-38 Chris Craft

Grayhaven 1943- 40-foot 1937-38 Chris Craft
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My grandfather worked for both Ed Gray and Gar Wood- starting with Edward Gray at the Ford Highland Park Plant. At the time of his death (my grandfather, Elmer LeSuer) he was working on an engine for a landing craft with Gar Wood's builders. (I understand that the war ended before they finished the project.) In this photo you can see a workman in the shop to the right and the bow of a smaller boat to the right. The car in the background I think is a '41 Pontiac- go to original size to see it well. I'd love to hear from some of you classic owners and appreciators if you recognize this boat, I'm pretty sure that it's Lawrence Fisher's 48-foot motor yacht at his Grayhaven mansion. (YES! I did hear from an authority (Anthony S. Mollica, author of 'Gar Wood Boats: Classics of a Golden Era') and this is a 40-foot 1937-38 model Chris Craft, not the Fisher yacht.) This photo is from 1943. See the story from the Detroit News below- Born on a farm near Peoria Ill, Gray came to Detroit in 1909, and went to work for Ford. After eight years with Ford, he turned to real estate and by 1931 had attracted the attention of the Fisher brothers, of Fisher Body fame; William Koerber, a prohibition era brewer, and Gar Wood, whose speed boats not only won races but made the rum-runners happy. All built large homes in Grayhaven. But the Great Depression made continued development almost impossible. Gray took out a full page ad in a Detroit newspaper May 10, 1931, which read in part: Grayhaven is a strictly private residential community minutes from downtown, yet isolated on the shore of the Detroit River...Homes range from moderately priced to very expensive....and the list of residents already reads like a Detroit Social Register...A paradise for Yachtsmen...created by a yachtsman. Restrictions provide that every home have a drydock in which the owner can keep his yacht safe and clean winter and summer... Guarded gates and a private intercommunicating telephone system allow undesired traffic to be denied entrance...a privilege because the streets are owned outright by the residents...Grayhaven, merely a dream 18 years ago, is today a reality nearly complete...as shown in the photographs...The world's largest and finest privately owned, fireproof marine garage is here...offering safe and clean storage to owners of boats and yachts from 10 to 75 feet in length... You may search the world over but you will not find another community like Grayhaven where the shore and city homes are so pleasingly combined. Ideal conditions...wholesome social conditions, health-giving atmosphere and sports...quietude and privacy...exceptional beauty...in city location...close to public and private schools...close to churches... The cost may be more than for the conventional type, but the difference is more than saved in the first two years by decreasing the cost of caring for the yacht and the cost of constructing a detached garage... and you may build a conventional home if you wish...Come to Grayhaven today...Tour it with the man who designed and developed it for you. Drive out to Dickerson Avenue, turn right and follow to the end of street and GRAYHAVEN. Eight other buyers had smaller homes built on the island and along the Port Lagoon mainland strip. But Gray's dream did not come to fruition during his lifetime. He died in 1939 and his widow had to let the remaining vacant lots revert to the city for nonpayment of taxes. However the three original Grayhaven builders stuck around despite changing conditions. The first of them, the Fisher family, bought the entire easterly strip of 46 lots along the Starboard Lagoon facing Lenox Street. The U-shaped canal flows a half-mile to the single bridge connecting the rectangular 40-acre island in the middle of the entire 67-acre subdivision. The canal's eastern entrance grabs some of the natural Detroit River current and channels it at one mile per hour around the island keeping the 10 foot deep water fresh and flowing. The wide canal allows 70-foot yachts to enter and maneuver. The Dodge family's Delphine often docked behind the Fisher mansion. Because the Fisher family was so large, many other Detroit homes are called The Fisher Mansion, but they should not be confused with Grayhaven's Fisher Mansion. Lawrence P. Fisher, one of the seven Fisher brothers, spent $1.5 million to build his Grayhaven mansion in 1928. The home's front faced Lenox, but the rear backed up to the wide canal. The grounds included a small golf course where Fisher entertained guests like golfing legend Walter Hagen.

Gar Wood- Mom at Grayhaven 1943

Gar Wood- Mom at Grayhaven 1943
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Marjorie LeSuer Rentz leaning on Phil Wood's boat, Gar Wood's brother. My grandfather worked for both Ed Gray and Gar Wood- starting with Edward Gray at the Ford Highland Park Plant. At the time of his death (my grandfather, Elmer LeSuer) he was working on an engine for a landing craft with Gar Wood's builders. Six of the engines were actually built and they were the first outboard engines with a clutch (dead jaw pickup- that's what my uncle said the unit was called). (I understand that the war ended before they finished the project.) That's my mother sitting on one of Gar Wood's boats but this one was his brother's, Phil Wood- with the bays of others at Grayhaven (Detroit) in the background. See the story from the Detroit News below- Born on a farm near Peoria Ill, Gray came to Detroit in 1909, and went to work for Ford. After eight years with Ford, he turned to real estate and by 1931 had attracted the attention of the Fisher brothers, of Fisher Body fame; William Koerber, a prohibition era brewer, and Gar Wood, whose speed boats not only won races but made the rum-runners happy. All built large homes in Grayhaven. But the Great Depression made continued development almost impossible. Gray took out a full page ad in a Detroit newspaper May 10, 1931, which read in part: Grayhaven is a strictly private residential community minutes from downtown, yet isolated on the shore of the Detroit River...Homes range from moderately priced to very expensive....and the list of residents already reads like a Detroit Social Register...A paradise for Yachtsmen...created by a yachtsman. Restrictions provide that every home have a drydock in which the owner can keep his yacht safe and clean winter and summer... Guarded gates and a private intercommunicating telephone system allow undesired traffic to be denied entrance...a privilege because the streets are owned outright by the residents...Grayhaven, merely a dream 18 years ago, is today a reality nearly complete...as shown in the photographs...The world's largest and finest privately owned, fireproof marine garage is here...offering safe and clean storage to owners of boats and yachts from 10 to 75 feet in length... You may search the world over but you will not find another community like Grayhaven where the shore and city homes are so pleasingly combined. Ideal conditions...wholesome social conditions, health-giving atmosphere and sports...quietude and privacy...exceptional beauty...in city location...close to public and private schools...close to churches... The cost may be more than for the conventional type, but the difference is more than saved in the first two years by decreasing the cost of caring for the yacht and the cost of constructing a detached garage... and you may build a conventional home if you wish...Come to Grayhaven today...Tour it with the man who designed and developed it for you. Drive out to Dickerson Avenue, turn right and follow to the end of street and GRAYHAVEN. Eight other buyers had smaller homes built on the island and along the Port Lagoon mainland strip. But Gray's dream did not come to fruition during his lifetime. He died in 1939 and his widow had to let the remaining vacant lots revert to the city for nonpayment of taxes. However the three original Grayhaven builders stuck around despite changing conditions. The first of them, the Fisher family, bought the entire easterly strip of 46 lots along the Starboard Lagoon facing Lenox Street. The U-shaped canal flows a half-mile to the single bridge connecting the rectangular 40-acre island in the middle of the entire 67-acre subdivision. The canal's eastern entrance grabs some of the natural Detroit River current and channels it at one mile per hour around the island keeping the 10 foot deep water fresh and flowing. The wide canal allows 70-foot yachts to enter and maneuver. The Dodge family's Delphine often docked behind the Fisher mansion. Because the Fisher family was so large, many other Detroit homes are called The Fisher Mansion, but they should not be confused with Grayhaven's Fisher Mansion. Lawrence P. Fisher, one of the seven Fisher brothers, spent $1.5 million to build his Grayhaven mansion in 1928. The home's front faced Lenox, but the rear backed up to the wide canal. The grounds included a small golf course where Fisher entertained guests like golfing legend Walter Hagen.

suburbia in the inner city?

suburbia in the inner city?
Made by dnj_Brian
This is a neighborhood adjacent to the Detroit riverfront near the Grosse Pointe Park border. The newness of the homes is explained by the fact that the river was, for the most part, formerly used either for industry or for mansions spread out on large plots. In the foreground is a field, forested as recently as last year, which runs from the historic Lawrence Fisher mansion (off the picture to the right) down to the water's edge. It appears that mcmansions might be built on this plot.

Detroit Lighthouse Depot

Detroit Lighthouse Depot
Made by J. Stephen Conn
The Detroit Lighthouse Depot was formerly a central supply depot for lighthouse activity on the Great Lakes. Established in 1874, the depot supplied lenses, oil and equipment for area lighthouses and lightships. The site has now been abandoned by the Coast Guard and taken over by the city of Detroit. Plans to turn the facility into a museum are pending. It is located at the foot of Aleut Avenue, on the St. Clair River - not the best neighborhood in Detroit.

23/365

23/365
Made by playjust
Man it was cold.

Detroit River Kayaking - Bianca on the Canal

Detroit River Kayaking - Bianca on the Canal
Made by Michael.Siegel




Nearest places of interest:

Peter Maheras Playground (Former Nike Missile IFC Site D-26)
D-26 Nike IFC site
Nike Missile IFC location D-23 (site)
Alfred Brush Ford Park
  Canal : Fox Creek Boatway
Crash Site RAF Vulcan 24 October 1958
Lawrence Fisher Mansion; Bhaktivedanta Cultural Center
Riverbend Plaza

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