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The Grosse Pointe War Memorial, also known as the Russell A. Alger, Jr. House and as the Moorings was dedicated to the memory of veterans and soldiers of World War II. It is located at 32 Lake Shore Drive in Grosse Pointe Farms, MI. It was built in 1910 and served as the family home of Russell A. Alger Jr. until 1949, when it was donated to the community.[1] Russell A. Alger senior served as the Governor of Michigan, a United States Senator from Michigan, and the U.S. Secretary of War.

The Alger House is the original building, and is now recognized as a Michigan State Historic Site and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[2] In 1972 the first addition, the Fries Auditorium and Crystal Ballroom, was dedicated, and in 1993 the Center for Arts and Communications was added.[3]

Today the War Memorial also serves as a community center for the Grosse Pointe Communities and hosts several different kinds of programs and events, including concerts, holiday celebrations, drivers education, obedience school for dogs, and social dances for middle school-age children. The War Memorial also broadcasts WMTV 5, Grosse Pointe's local, twenty-four-hour television station. Currently the Grosse Pointe Theatre's productions are held in the Fries Auditorium. It is also possible to rent rooms for special events or banquets.


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