Post Number: 4485
|Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2007 - 10:52 pm: || |
Mount Clemens has a great array of architecture if you know where to look. Has anyone ever been in the neighborhood south of Cass and West of Gratiot? There are a number of beautiful homes that would fit right into Palmer Woods or any historical neighborhood for that matter. There are a number of massive Tudors as well as some larger colonials along the north side of the Clinton River.
I just discovered this gem not long ago. I had no idea that this area even existed. Downtown Mt. Clemens has some neat buildings as well. Anyone have any favorite buildings in the Clem?
Post Number: 403
|Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2007 - 11:06 pm: || |
The old county building is nice
Post Number: 42
|Posted on Friday, June 01, 2007 - 12:11 am: || |
I think the county building is nice too. Those heads carved near the top are cool. Here is a link to the history of the Macomb county building......
There are many homes right off of Gratiot that were built in the the 1880's that still look great and are well maintained. Sort of reminds me of Corktown a little bit. A guy that I know lives in one. It has a coal chamber and everything. The Emerald theater is nicely restored and looks good, but it is not nearly as refined as the Fox or the Fisher; then again these two theaters are not used as dance clubs on Fridays either.
Post Number: 4446
|Posted on Friday, June 01, 2007 - 12:27 am: || |
Sadly none of Mt. Clemens great old Mineral Spa Hotels survive today. I remember back as a kid in the 60's seeing the last of the grand old dames... along S. Gratiot south of downtown. It was a beauty, with a nice columned facade, but was razed later.
Post Number: 1376
|Posted on Friday, June 01, 2007 - 12:38 am: || |
grew up in the clem, always loved those faces on the county building. They have tried hard for a long time to make Mt. Clemens the royal oak of macomb but instead it has become Wrif headquarters
Post Number: 4490
|Posted on Friday, June 01, 2007 - 1:01 am: || |
I feel that Mt. Clemens has a ton of potential. There is a charm about it that Royal Oak doesn't have. It seems slower paced and older. There is almost a small-town feel to it.
Post Number: 1408
|Posted on Friday, June 01, 2007 - 7:44 am: || |
This ones in the AIA book:
There are some great Joseph Wesner sculptures in two places downtown - this one is by Joseph and also Jim Storm:
http://www.detroitfunk.com/200 6/05/15/galileos_night_vision. htm
This is the original County Building:
http://www.detroitfunk.com/200 6/12/21/macomb_county_building .htm
The Clem rocks - go Battling Bathers ...Hahahah !
Post Number: 1409
|Posted on Friday, June 01, 2007 - 7:46 am: || |
Oops, and how could I forget the Edison Depot ?
Post Number: 449
|Posted on Friday, June 01, 2007 - 10:10 am: || |
You must have not been around when Fox was Club X, a huge club night. It was always packed. I think it started in the early 90's. Don't remember when it stopped.
Post Number: 94
|Posted on Friday, June 01, 2007 - 10:51 am: || |
is the Mount Clemens Federal Savings Bank still there?
Post Number: 30
|Posted on Friday, June 01, 2007 - 12:06 pm: || |
If you mean the bank with the Flying Nun roof, yes it's still there. In fact it's being converted into a martini bar.
Post Number: 1420
|Posted on Friday, June 01, 2007 - 1:13 pm: || |
Yeah - thats the George Jetson link posted above
Post Number: 55
|Posted on Friday, June 01, 2007 - 2:12 pm: || |
Ahh . . . another nostalgia attack coming on. I grew up near 15 Mile and Gratiot, and spent a lot of time bicycling around Mount Clemens around 1968-70. I opened a kiddie savings account at the concrete-roof bank when it opened; it attracted a lot of attention at the time. There was a lot of fabulous and funky stuff there then that isn't around anymore, or is derelict. I remember being taken as an elementary schooler into the printing plant of the Macomb Daily in its multi-story tile-brick building on Cass, now empty but still imposing.
There were several large and small mineral-bath hotels still standing until the early 1970's, a very freakish piece of history to find in suburban Detroit. Until the 1960's several of these still had wooden drilling rigs and pumphouses standing behind them, giving the city a strange oil-field look. Also a strange smell of pure rotten-egg sulfur, until the last well was capped around 1965. Prieh's department store was a classic of the old-time small-city class of retailers. On my last trip to Mt. Clemens, I was shocked at how much of the downtown had been flattened for parking lots, which were filling up on a Saturday evening, so evidently it's a success as a club destination.
Cass Avenue is still an impressive strip of buildings, although the heavily-decorated gateman's tower at the GTW crossing has been gone since the late 1960's. I nosed around the GTW depot before its restoration by the Michigan Transit Museum. The railroad was financed by British capital in 1859, so the five stations on it were built to a British design - it's not American architecture at all. (Others survive at Port Huron and Greenfield Village; Fraser and Richmond are flattened.) The industrial area around the railroad south of Cass was fun to snoop around on on a bicycle.
Anyone else remember that smell? I can't imagine soaking in a marble bathtub full of that stuff, but that was the big attraction in the 1920's and before.
Post Number: 1429
|Posted on Saturday, June 02, 2007 - 7:39 am: || |
Mt Clemens depot, the Depot Town depot (ypsi) and the Chelsea Depot are all of Italianite design.
Post Number: 289
|Posted on Saturday, June 02, 2007 - 11:01 am: || |
The Price Building
Post Number: 43
|Posted on Saturday, June 02, 2007 - 12:32 pm: || |
Yeah I don't remember the Fox ever having a club like that. In the early 90's I was just entering my teen years, so I didn't spend any time around the city. Would have been interesting to check out though.
Post Number: 250
|Posted on Saturday, June 02, 2007 - 1:19 pm: || |
Prieh's Department Store - Downtown Mt. Clemens - 1950's
For a larger view: