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St. Clair Shores in Macomb County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Blossom Heath Inn

 
 
Blossom Heath Inn Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, April 1, 2017
1. Blossom Heath Inn Marker
Inscription. Matthew Kramer, a hotelier and yachtsman, built this roadhouse in 1911, naming it the Kramerhof. In 1920 the building was sold to William McIntosh, who renamed it the Blossom Heath Inn and added two large wings, which included an ornate ballroom. Blossom Heath was one of the most luxurious roadhouses in Michigan. Nationally known big bands, such as Ben Pollack's drew people from Detroit and Canada. Blossom Heath became notorious for illegal drinking and gambling during Prohibition and the Depression. After McIntosh's death in 1930, the roadhouse was run by his heirs. By the late 1930s, the heyday of roadhouses was over, and in 1943 Blossom Heath was sold. The building fell into disuse, but in 1946 the village of St. Clair Shores purchased it. On May 19, 1946, it reopened as a civic center with village offices in the north wing. It became the St. Clair Shores Recreation Center in 1957.
 
Erected 1982. (Marker Number L705.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
 
Location. 42° 28.458′ N, 82° 53.197′ W. Marker is in St. Clair Shores, Michigan, in Macomb County. Marker is on Jefferson Avenue. Touch for map. This marker is on Blossom
Blossom Heath Inn and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, April 1, 2017
2. Blossom Heath Inn and Marker
Heath Boulevard, 0.1 mi. west of Jefferson Avenue. Marker is at or near this postal address: 24800 Jefferson Avenue, Saint Clair Shores MI 48080, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Shore Line Interurban Railway (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lake St. Clair (Lac Sainte Claire) (approx. 1.4 miles away); Milk River Settlement (approx. 1 miles away); Selinsky-Green Log House (approx. 1 miles away); Fractional District No. 9 School (approx. 3.1 miles away); Grosse Pointe Farms Sewage Pumping Station (approx. 4.4 miles away); This Bell House (approx. 4.6 miles away); Grosse Pointe Farms Water Filtration Plant (approx. 4.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Clair Shores.
 
Also see . . .  Blossom Heath Inn. Link to the Blossom Heath Inn website, which includes a bit of history of the facility (which is no longer being used as a recreation center). (Submitted on April 5, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.) 
 
Categories. Entertainment
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 5, 2017. This page originally submitted on April 5, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 92 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 5, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.
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