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The Macauley Family

Alvan Macauley was the president of Packard Motor Company. Frederick R. Mauck said, "...Mr. Macauley indeed left a footprint not only in the history of the automobile industry, he left his footprint in American History. Often history, a backward glance, will discover an event or person that not many people have heard about. Great biographies have been written about people after they are gone, however, few people were recognized, nor given so many awards while, shall we say, they were on active duty, as Mr. Alvan Macauley. Ford, Chrysler, Nash, the Dodge brothers, Willys, Studebaker, Graham, General Motors were but a few of the members of the Automobile Manufactures Association (AMA) that for 18 years elected Mr. Macauley as the Association’s president.

Indeed it would take an unusual person to represent and head those leaders of industry. Mr. Macauley was also the head of the Automotive Council for War Production during WW II. Mr. Macauley arrived at Packard as General Manager in 1910. Although he retained the office of General Manager, by 1916. Mr. Macauley was elevated to President of the company, succeeding Col. Henry B. Joy. Mr. Macauley would retire as Chairman of the Board in 1948. How did Mr. Macauley get his reputation as "The Gentleman of Detroit"? He earned it. As the reputation of The Packard Motor Car Company grew so did the reputation of Mr. Alvan Macauley. Or was it the other way?”

The Macauley house: 735 Lake Shore Road, Grosse Pointe Shores...
Somewhat similar to the Ford residence was the great mansion which Albert Kahn built two years later on Lake Shore road in Grosse Pointe for Alvan Macauley, president of the Packard Motor Company. The Macauley's were also partial to the Cotswold vernacular and in preparation for the building of their house they spent many weeks in Broadway, Worchestire, studying the local architecture... Less rambling and secluded than the Ford establishment, the Macauley House stood proudly in the open amid sweeping stretches of greensward which provided a splendid setting for its architectural masses and gave it the air of a great landed estate. The landscape architect Edward A. Eickstaedt avoided any suggestion of artificial restraint or stylization in the landscaping. Utilizing the natural characteristics of the terrain as a keynote, he emphasized broad unhampered areas bordered with native trees and shrubs. A terrace of generous dimensions provided a view across the lawn toward the lake.

The massing and proportions of the house were carefully studied and a pleasing effect was secured by a subtle variety of details and a contrast in textures. The excellent quality of the masonary was assured by the employment of Scotsmen with years of experience, supervised by a Cotswold foreman. The skilled woodcarving of the distinguished interior was executed under the direction of the Hayden Company of New York... Source: Buildings of Detroit, by W. Hawkins Ferry.


735 Lake Shore
Grosse Pointe Farms

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