Photo provided by the St. Clair Shores Historical Commission

Looking Back: George J. Haas House

St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published December 16, 2019


ST. CLAIR SHORES — George J. Haas was born in Detroit on Aug. 25, 1889, the son of a cigar maker. He attended local schools and worked for noted architect Albert Kahn. By 1930, he had his own architecture firm in Detroit.

Haas would design some of the most acclaimed buildings in the area. In 1928, he was the architect for Grosse Pointe (South) High School, named the most beautiful public high school in Michigan by Architectural Digest in 2017. He designed the Macomb County Building in Mount Clemens in 1931. He was the architect for the Jefferson Beach Amusement Park Coliseum in St. Clair Shores, for Hamtramck High School, and for the Grosse Pointe Park Municipal Building.

This four-bedroom home at 31032 Jefferson Ave. in St. Clair Shores was designed by Haas for his family. The house was built sometime between 1922 and 1924, and covers over 3,000 square feet. In the 1930 U.S. census, it was valued at $75,000. Haas lived in the home with his wife, Elizabeth, and their four children — Grace, George, Hope and Sally — for less than 15 years. By 1940, the family had moved to Plymouth, for George’s work with Great Lakes Steel. George Haas died in Miami, Florida, in 1956, but his beautiful home, pictured here in 1986, still graces Jefferson Avenue today.

 — Submitted by Heidi Christein, archivist, St. Clair Shores Public Library