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.Russell A. Alger senior served as the Governor of Michigan, a United States Senator from Michigan, and the U.S. Secretary of War.
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.