United States of America, Michigan, Wayne County, Grosse Pointe
Grosse Pointe Garden Center (Grosse Pointe, Michigan)
"In 1910, Charles Platt designed an Italian Renaissance villa for Russell A. Alger. There are a pair of stone lions at the entrance to the circular courtyard. The courtyard has a reflecting pool with a fountain to offset the architecture of the house. The house is built from stone and stucco with a tile roof that blends into its setting."
"The Moorings was popular because of its frontage upon Lake St. Clair. The property was given to the Grosse Pointe community in 1949 by the Alger family. The Grosse Pointe Garden Center was organized for the purpose of providing the community with horticultural and gardening information and education."
"The property has two additions: the War Memorial Center and the William H. Fries Auditorium (for housing the dramatic arts). There is an art school and an exhibit area for art displays."
Persons and organizations associated with the property include: Mr. and Mrs. Russell A. Alger (former owners); Charles Adams Platt (architect, landscape architect); the Michigan Garden Club; Ellen Shipman (landscape architect); and Vincent DePetris (gardener).
The folder includes correspondence, pamphlets, articles, brief description of garden, and information sheet done by GCA researcher.
Garden has been featured in Ralph Adams Cram, American Country Houses of Today. New York: The Architectural Book Publishing Company. 1913
Garden has been featured in 37th Annual Meeting, Garden Club of America. Detroit, Michigan, 1950
Garden has been featured in the Journal of Garden History, An International Quarterly. January-March 1990
Garden has been featured in the Garden Club of America, List of Gardens. 1921
Garden has been featured in Louise Shelton, Beautiful Gardens in America. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. 1924