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Charles A. Lindsey

Born May 30, 1877, in Kansas, Charles Albert Lindsey worked for the majority of his career in the silk industry, first as a salesman of “ladies’ novelties” and later as a manager for Corticelli Silk, one of the world’s largest producers of silk thread imported from Japan. By the 1920s, he had pivoted to make the most of the burgeoning Detroit auto industry. His company, the C.A. Lindsey Company, became a successful wholesaler of silk products, which were sold to automotive companies as silk interiors for the luxury automobiles of the day, including the Detroit-based Packard Motors.

Charles Lindsey and his wife, Mary, working with architect Alvin E. Harley, built the home at 19410 Lucerne Drive, which was completed in 1923. They lived in the home through the end of the 1930’s when the home was sold to their son-in-law, Robert Pauli Scherer.

Palmer Woods Residence

19410 Lucerne Drive

The home at 19410 Lucerne Drive was constructed in 1923 by Charles Albert Lindsey, owner of the C.A. Lindsey Company, which sold silk automotive interiors for the burgeoning luxury automobile industry.
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