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Detroit, Michigan

From 1920 until 1934, Detroit had our only other clubhouse besides New York City. Detroit also hosted the 1909 and 1932 Ekklesiai.

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The Phi Gamma Delta Club
of Detroit,
from The History of Phi Gamma Delta, Tomos Beta

The Phi Gamma Delta Club of Detroit, 1920-1934

The Delta Mu Graduate Chapter opened Detroit's Phi Gamma Delta Club in May, 1920. It was located at a large mansion formerly belonging to a prominent local family.

"The first floor is given over entirely to common rooms -- a spacious reception hall, library, den, ballroom and dining room, with generous fireplaces, well equipped kitchen and storerooms . . . . Upstairs are bedroom accommodations for as many as twenty-four men. Built of tapestry brick and limestone, roofed with slate, and located on a lot which affords ample space for the erection of an eight-car garage and a tennis court, the Detroit Club is first of all a splendid practical investment . . . ." --The History of Phi Gamma Delta, Tomos Beta

Brothers visited the club during the 1932 Ekklesia, held a mile or so away at the Book Cadillac Hotel. "The Club served meals at ridiculously low prices and created tremendous good-will among the brothers from afar. The night after the Ekklesia closed an informal dance at the clubhouse provided a memorable farewell to the visiting Fijis."

By the April 1934 issue of The Phi Gamma Delta, the Detroit Club no longer appeared on the directory listing. The Great Depression closed the all-too-brief life of our second club operation. Today, Wayne State University's College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences occupies the site.

229 Mack Avenue (formerly Rowena Street)

Hotel Cadillac,
from a postcard

 Hotel Cadillac (site only)

1909 Ekklesia

A famous hotel in its day, the Hotel Cadillac hosted the 61st Ekklesia in August 1909. 244 brothers attended.

The hotel was demolished and replaced with the Book Cadillac Hotel.

Corner of Michigan and Washington Boulevard

Book Cadillac,
from a postcard

Book Cadillac Hotel

1932 Ekklesia

Designed by noted architect Louis Kamper, the thirty-three story Book Cadillac opened in December, 1924 as the largest hotel in the world. The 84th Ekklesia convened here in June 1932. 375 brothers registered.

The hotel closed in 1984, and remained vacant for two decades. It reopened in October, 2008 after a three year, $200 million renovation. The National Trust for Historic Preservation recognized the effort with a 2009 National Preservation Award.

1114 Washington Boulevard, corner with Michigan Boulevard
Detroit, Michigan

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