The Octagon House

  in Washington, MI ~ circa 1860

About the Author

            As Judy Anders was born and bred in Mt. Clemens, Michigan and is from a family of five children. She has spent all but 7 of her 70 years in the Macomb County area, and those seven years spent in Minnesota.  Her paternal family, the LaCroix side, has resided in the Mt. Clemens/Macomb County area since before the Civil War.

            Judy holds an Associate degree in General Studies with a minor in Graphic and Commercial Art from Macomb County College and a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Interior Design from Art Institute International of Minnesota. While in Minnesota Judy spent six months working on historic preservation and historic interior design projects at the Ramsey House, the premier house museum owned by the Minnesota  State Historical Society. She also is one of less than 350 people worldwide to hold the level of ASPM (Accredited Staging Professional, Master level).


            Over the years her varied interests have shaped her life.  Judy has pursued many hobbies from painting to gardening, photography to genealogy, in addition to many other community pursuits.  Her volunteer work and club activities cross from soccer and scouting, to Woman's organizations and Garden clubs. Her professional pursuits have been in the wide field of Graphic Art and until retirement, Interior Design and remodeling.   Then of course there were the 8 years as a volunteer, including almost five years as President of Friends of the Octagon House, a life consuming passion. The book began life as a thesis paper for a college program but the research, writing and publication - which took almost three years - was done as a public tribute to those who have loved and been devoted to this Michigan architectural gem and Octagon followers around the country.


            Judy and her husband Paul have been married over 50 years and have raised two sons.  The oldest, Paul III, lives in Ludington, MI with his wife Jennifer and their two sons Logan Michael and Colin Thomas.  The younger son, Patrick, lives in the mountains of northern CA with his wife Mareike and their four children Amy, Finn Robin, Luka Sylvan and Elliana.


            Judy and Paul currently reside in Bruce and although “retired” they keep busy with traveling, theater going, gardening, community service, remodeling projects, and family.  Judy, at one time, served on the Board of Directors of Samaritan House and on the Christian Service Committee for Sts. John and Paul Catholic Church.  She is past president of the Romeo Garden Club, and a member of the National Victorian Society of America, as well as the Michigan Division of VSA.

 Judy is currently President of the Historic Memorials Society in Detroit, a tri-county historic preservation organization, thought to possibly be the oldest women's philanthropic organization in the area and the oldest Historic Preservation organization in the state of Michigan.   Judy’s passion for architecture and history are combined in her greatest dream which is to complete her MA in Historic Preservation and since every year brings a new horizon, one never knows.

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