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Grinnell Bros. Music Publishers



In 1880, brothers Herbert B. Grinnell, Clayton A. Grinnell and Ira L. Grinnell started a music business in Ann Arbor, Michigan. They moved the company to Ypsilanti in 1882, where they had success selling the Steinway brand and started manufacturing their own brand of pianos. By 1901, Grinnell Brothers was one of Michigan's largest piano and general music dealers, and the company began opening retail outlets in other cities in Michigan. Eventually, it had 43 retail stores in Michigan; Windsor, Ontario; and Toledo, Ohio. In 1905, they moved to Woodward Avenue in Detroit, and in 1915 they built their headquarters two miles north on Woodward Avenue. They opened an outlet in Pontiac in 1907. The original Pontiac building was destroyed by fire, and in 1923, the company constructed this building to replace it. The company hired architect Leo John Heenan, a former employee of both Albert Kahn and Smith, Hinchman and Grylls, to design the building.

The Grinnell Brothers store in Pontiac eventually closed, and the building was converted into a nightclub. The nightclub closed in 2014. For a full history see, the National Register of Historic Places.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

"Anywhere in the U. S. A. is Home to Me", 1910

 Item — Box 1: Series Vocal_sheet_music_001, Folder: Am-As, Object: 39
Identifier: Vocal_sheet_music_001

"My old girl", 1909

 Item — Box 2: Series Vocal_sheet_music_001, Folder: My A-My L, Object: 53
Identifier: Vocal_sheet_music_001