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Voigt-Kreit House / Voigt on Public Education

 
 
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Voigt-Kreit House
William Voigt, Jr. is thought to have designed this house as a summer home in the early 1900s. In 1889 his parents, who ran a butchering business, purchased the property for $1,850. French settler Joseph Tremble was granted the land by President James Madison in 1811. Paul Trombley later had title to the site. Voigt, Jr., a city engineer, owned The Home Brewing Co., and had studied architecture in Germany. As a member of the Detroit Board of Education, 1887-1893, he was instrumental in strengthening the compulsory education law and introducing physical culture into school programs. Voigt’s sister, Christine and her husband Herman Kreit, D.D.S. were deeded the home in 1907. Dr. Kreit became a trustee and president of the Village of Grosse Pointe Park. Christine taught German and science at the Liggett School from 1882 to 1900. The home remained in the family until 1969.

Voigt on Public Education
As a member of the Detroit Board of Education from 1887 to 1893, William Voigt Jr. supported compulsory education laws and advocated providing free text books for students. Serving
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as president of the board in 1889 he defended the cost of public education in his annual report: “While the estimates asked by the Board of Education are undoubtedly large sums, and should be expended by the body with the utmost care and scrutiny, still... there is no purpose for which money should be so willingly given by the taxpayer as for our public schools, the one, of all our American institutions, which is the very foundation and base of the structure of our form of government... American patriotism can well be measured by the love for our public schools.”
 
Erected 1982 by Michigan History Division, Department of State. (Marker Number L923.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureEducation. In addition, it is included in the Michigan Historical Commission series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1889.
 
Location. 42° 22.734′ N, 82° 55.527′ W. Marker is in Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan, in Wayne County. Marker is at the intersection of East Jefferson Avenue and Bedford Road, on the right when traveling east on East Jefferson Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 16004 E Jefferson Ave, Grosse Pointe MI 48230, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wardwell House (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Defer Elementary School
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(approx. 0.7 miles away); Lewis E. Maire Elementary School (approx. 0.9 miles away); Fox Indian Massacre (approx. 1.1 miles away); Martin Luther King Jr. In Grosse Pointe (approx. 1.4 miles away); Grosse Pointe High School (approx. 1.4 miles away); The Grosse Pointe Memorial Church (approx. 1½ miles away); Pere Gabriel Richard Elementary School (approx. 1½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Grosse Pointe Park.
 
Also see . . .  Historical Architecture of Grosse Pointe – Welcome to 16004 E. Jefferson. Excerpt:
English Tudor style residence. It is around 2,520 sq ft in size, and is constructed of brick and stucco with a slate roof. It is located on a half-acre lot, and was originally part of a farm estate. When it was constructed the garden was said to resemble a picturesque park, and featured many beautiful trees including lilac, ancient pear, and money trees.
(Submitted on June 10, 2021, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan.) 
 
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Photographed By J.T. Lambrou, May 11, 2021
4. Voigt-Kreit House
View of the home from Jefferson
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 11, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 10, 2021, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan. This page has been viewed 135 times since then and 77 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 10, 2021, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.

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Jun. 25, 2022