Grosse Point War Memorial
by Michele Roger
If you’ve ever seen the movie, “Grosse Pointe Blank,” starring John Cusack and Mini Driver, you’ve seen the beautiful strip along Lake Saint Clair in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan. The final scene has the two lovers escaping the city in a convertible as they drive down Lake Shore Road. The Grosse Pointe War Memorial is situated along the same, gorgeous stretch of road.
The Grosse Pointe War Memorial is rooted in a family legacy where the grounds have been repurposed to serve as a local arts, history, and patriotism center. Once a family home, the historic Alger Estate offers programs to honor veterans. Additionally, its gardens are dedicated to the military and veterans who have served in all countries. Many “Grosse Pointers” visit the memorial each year to show their children and grandchildren their family names of soldiers who served as far back as WWII.
The Alger house itself is built in an Italian Renaissance-style which was completed in 1910 for Russell A. Alger, Jr. and his family. While the stunning architecture is a photographer’s dream, its Italian American style was invented by architect Charles A. Platt. Ellen Biddle Shipman was hired to design and install the landscaping…. Continue reading it the Winter 2018 issue of SEARCH Magazine.