Looking Back: Detroit Masonic Country Club on Lake St. Clair

St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published April 30, 2014

Photo courtesy of the St. Clair Shores Historical Commission

Designed by architect George W. Graves, the elegant Detroit Masonic Country Club was dedicated in May 1923. Located on the shores of Lake St. Clair at the intersection of Masonic Boulevard and Jefferson Avenue, the clubhouse featured 300 feet of sandy beach, a water slide and tennis courts. Stone staircases, beautiful tile and inlaid woodwork graced the entranceway. The Social Room was the center of club activities. Ladies’ card parties and Saturday evening dances were popular activities. The second floor featured a billiard room and card rooms for men and women. There were overnight accommodations for more than 100 members. The locker rooms, hair salon and barber shop were in the lower level. The club made its own ice cream and had a water treatment system.

After the Stock Market Crash of 1929, the club closed. It later became the Lake Shore Country Club until April 1939. The Village of St. Clair Shores acquired the property for a municipal park. When you visit Veterans Memorial Park, you are on the grounds of the old Detroit Masonic Country Club.

Submitted by Cynthia Bieniek, Archivist, St. Clair Shores Public Library

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