The Detroit Yacht Club was built in 1923 and was located at 1 Riverbank Road on Detroit’s Belle Isle on the city’s east side. The Detroit Yacht Club (DYC) was founded in 1868 as prosperous Detroit residents sought to enjoy sailing on the Detroit River and in the two adjoining Great Lakes. The Detroit Yacht Club was designed by George Mason in a mix of Mediterranean-Revival and Spanish-Colonial Revival architectural styles.
The Detroit Yacht Club is the largest yacht club in the United States. The façade of the Detroit Yacht Club was a mix of red-bricks and all-white stucco that featured beautiful tile work and ornate plaster details. The rooftop of the Detroit Yacht Club was made of reddish-orange, gorgeous, clay-tiled shingles. The interior of the Detroit Yacht Club was just as magnificent as the exterior. The semi “U-shaped” floor plan consisted of a lobby, a formal dining room, a ballroom, a bar, a lounge, a trophy room, an indoor swimming pool, and many other unique and special rooms. The Detroit Yacht Club was one of Detroit’s most prominent treasures and has continued to thrive for almost 100 years.
As of 2015, the Detroit Yacht Club continues to thrive and it’s clubhouse continues to impress.