The facility is gorgeous and very well maintained. The ballroom was designed to replicate the medieval hall of a Saxon castle in England. Another fun fact: the balcony serves no purpose to the club. It was included because all great halls of that era had a Jester’s balcony.
I’m also a sucker for stained glass windows. It’s such a fun design element and a signature of a bygone era. I’m not sure I’ve seen a stained glass window in a building less than 50 years old.
One of my favorite feature of the club is the abundance of Pewabic Pottery tiles. Pewabic’s founder, Mary Chase Stratton, was a member of the DYC and offered to provide tiles for the building. She stipulated that she have full control of what was created and where it went and I think she did a fantastic job. Throughout the facility you can find unique tile designs on the walls and floors, including two gorgeous water fountains.
I loved this tile Stratton designed for the DYC’s womans’ group. In 1927 the women (Stratton included) began to refer to themselves as The Seagulls so she created a tile to use as their emblem.
The Detroit Yacht Club has a beautiful building and I’m so glad I read about their free tours because I doubt I will ever be able to afford a membership. If you like history I would suggest checking it out. The tour is a little lengthy (2 hours) but the building and it’s objects are fun to look at.
Tours begin at 6:30 p.m. and it’s recommended that you notify the club of your interest at least two days before the tour date. The remaining tours in 2014 will be on May 6, June 3, July 1, September 3 and October 7.