Gar Wood

Built for Logan T. Wood, brother of Gar Wood, the 1930 Gar Wood 28-foot Triple Cockpit Runabout, nicknamed “Katie’s Choice” was his favorite boat.

Powered by the original Scripps Model 202 engine, the boat recently sold for $275,000.

Logan T. Wood (1887-1935) was VP of Gar Wood Industries and is buried at Detroit’s Forest Lawn Cemetery.

Garfield Arthur Wood (aka: Gar Wood), the son of an Iowa ferryboat operator, was famous for his hydraulic dump truck patent and for being an avid speedboat racing champion who won the Gold Cup championship 1917-1921.

Gar Wood

Internationally famous for designing and racing powerboats, Gar was the first person ever to break the 100-mph barrier on water. He used to race on the Detroit River and Lake St. Clair.

Many of his boats, including his favorite boat, were built at Gar Wood Industries Boat Division (913 River Road, Marysville, MI) which opened in 1930.

Gar Wood is also famous for his mansion. In 1915, Gar Wood moved to Detroit.

In 1924, a huge palatial 46-room mansion nicknamed Stonefront (450 Keelson Drive, Detroit) was built for Gar Wood on Grayhaven Island, located on Detroit’s Lower Eastside on the Detroit River.

Detroit’s Gar Wood’s Stonefront Mansion

The mansion was made of Italian stone and featured: an Olympic-size swimming pool in the basement, ballroom that could hold 1000+ people, the world’s largest privately owned pipe organ.

The mansion was occupied by Gar Wood from 1924-1955 until he moved to Miami.

The mansion sat vacant until 1969 when hippie Mark Hoover bought it for parties in the ballroom and as a practice space for his rock band Stonefront.

The mansion was a hippie commune and party spot from 1969-1972.

Detroit’s Gar Wood’s Stonefront Mansion

The band “Stonefront” included Larry Merryman, Gary Markley, Robin Welch, Eddie Saenz, Mark Swanberg, Darryl Bradley, Harry Bourlier, Natalie Morgan, Bill Landless.

They hosted a ton of famous rockers at the mansion:

Alice Cooper, Iron Butterfly, Van Morrison, Sly and the Family Stone, Allman Brothers, Ted Nugent, Tim Buckley, Mountain, Leon Russell, Johnny Winter, Jeep Capone, etc.

Death Bed: the Bed That Eats

In 1972, the mansion was raided. 25 kilos of marijuana were found and the house was shutdown.

An obscure low-budget cult movie called “Death Bed: the Bed That Eats” filmed at the mansion later that year, then The Outlaws motorcycle gang held a few parties here in the 70’s. But ultimately, the mansion never re-opened and later burned to the ground.

Gar Wood left a helluva legacy and more can be found at the Gar Wood Society.

Gar Wood’s Mother circa 1943 at Stonefront Mansion

Gar Wood Society

http://www.garwood.com/index.php/gar-wood-certificates/

Gar Wood Boats book

https://www.amazon.com/Gar-Wood-Boats-Classics-Golden/dp/0760306079

Detroit’s Gar Wood

 

Detroit’s Gar Wood
Gar Wood
Gar Wood
Detroit’s Gar Wood
Detroit’s Gar Wood
Detroit’s Gar Wood
Detroit’s Gar Wood
Detroit’s Gar Wood

 

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