Looking Back: Paradise-on-the-Lake band shell

St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published June 15, 2015


ST. CLAIR SHORES — When you are enjoying the beach at Veterans Memorial Park, you are on the spot of the old Paradise-on-the-Lake band shell.

After the stock market crash in 1929, the Detroit Masonic Country Club was sold. The club and golf course, incorporated as the privately owned Lake Shore Country Club, operated until April 1939. The band shell, which was built in 1937, was used as an outdoor dance hall. The village of St. Clair Shores obtained the property for Memorial Park, and with the help of the Women’s Civic League, which held fundraisers, the park became a reality.

The band shell was the scene of Memorial Day ceremonies after the end of World War II. It was demolished in 1955 during the design and construction of Memorial Park. Some of the cement walks remain underneath the sand and grass of the beach.

The baton class in this image was part of the recreation program held at the park. To view this and other historic photographs of St. Clair Shores, browse the Digital Media Archive at scs.library.org.

— Cynthia Bieniek, archivist, St. Clair Shores Public Library