White Swan - Dance Pavilion
Mark A. Roeder, in his History of Culver and Lake Maxinkuckee, writes
"one famous vessel on Lake Maxinkuckee was neither a steamer, launch, or sail
boat. She was the motorless flat barge known as "The
White Swan." She had
ornate upper and lower decks for dancing and was towed from place to place.
She was often decorated with garlands of white flowers and lighted by Chinese
lanterns. In her later days she was dragged onto the shore and converted into
a building called Crook's Hall, owned by Captain Crook. It was later used as
an apartment house. Much of Crook's Hall, located at the top of Harding Court,
was built out of 'The White Swan.'"
Later, Roeder expanded on the later career of "The White Swan":
Hotel was located at the top of Harding Court and is still standing
(a large house at the top of the hill, painted gold). This was the same
Capt. Crook that ran boats on the lake. The dance pavillion, the White
Swan, was dismantled and the material used to construct much of the
building. It was earlier known as Lord House, named after its owner.
Apparently Capt. Crook didn't like the name and changed it to his own."
NOTE: The above explains the confusion about Cottage Grove Place, Crook's
Hotel, Crook's Hall and Crook's Pavillion located at
617 Pearl St.
1905 - Dancing Pavilion. Was ran by Oliver Crook.
Capt. Crook, of Culver , who owns both of the
large steamers on Lake Maxinkuckee has just finished building a floating, two story, dancing pavilion which
was set afloat Sunday for the first time.
[Rochester Sentinel, Monday, July 3, 1905]
John Bigley wrote of the White Swan:
In 1905 the WHITE SWAN dance pavilion, a float 70' by 30' was built and
launched by Captain Crook. It would be towed out on the lake a short distance and anchored for the summer.
Its top deck was used for dancing and the lower deck for refreshments and music. A piano was located there
and often a small orchestra was featured. Anchored near the depot, it was crowded all day and evening.
1905 - Jun 15 - During the storm Friday night, the large pontoon being built by Capt. Crook was forced from its
support and partly thrown into the lake, Lewis Raver with the assistance of four or five men soon brought it out
of danger. No damage was done
1905 - Jul 6 - The White Swan Launched. The scow, White Swan, owned by Capt. Oliver Crook was launched
Sunday morning. It is a magnificent boat for the purpose for which it is intended and the Captain will undoubtedl
make a success of producing additional attractions. There are many good people who dance, and its use should
be reserved for that class. Care must be exercised that its not given over ro rhw overflow element of the cities
and to those here who do not have the proper regard for law and decency.
After its use fullness done in 1912 was beached and torn down. Some of the lumber was used to build
owned by Capt. Crook.
David Burns also always said some of the lumber of it was used to build the Happy Hour Hotel on Pearl Street
that sits directly behind the theater and Hansen's.
Plans were of replacing it with a new three story pavillion.
1905 - May 6 1905 May 6 -Capt. Crook is building a boat 10x70 feet, which he will anchor at some convenieint
place on the lake aan use it for a dancing paviliion uring the summer season
1905 - Jun 22 - Caot Crook;s large scow was successfully launched last week. It is 30 feet wide
by 70 feet long, with two decks. The upper deck will be used for dancing, while on the lower
deck will be seast and a refreshment stand. I will be anchored out in the lake during the summer.
1905 - Jul 5 - The White Swan Launched
The scow, White Sawn, owned by capt. Oliver Crook was launched Sunday morniinh.
It is a magnificent bit for the purpose which it is intended and the Captain will undoubtedly
make a success of producing additional attractions. There are many good people whi dance,
and its use should be reserved for that class. Care must be exercised that its use is not given
over to the overflow element of the cities and to those here, who do not have the proper
regard for law and decency
1905 Dec 14 - Caot Oliver Crook has anchired his boats near the outlet. The White Swan is entrenched
near the same place
Sept. 12, 1907—Captain Crook announces the closing of the
"White Swan" steamboat on which many a dance has been held.
1907, Nov. 21 - Capt. Crook;s steamboats and the White Swan were taken to their winter quarters at
the otlet bay last week.
1911 - Sep 21 - Farwell, White Swan
The White Sawn will no more figure as a feature int the aquatic scenery of Culver,
for Captain Crook is going to move it to the hill between Ed Bradley's Hotel and Hudson Buffett.
The Captain will rebuild it, making a place on the first floor for a refreshment stand and
for storing boats in the winter.
The second floor will still be retained for dancing.
It will be built so that with little additional expense it can be made into rooming quarters.
1912 - Feb 22 - Captain Crook has raised the frame of his big pavilion on his lot
east of Bradley's Hotel. It is to take the place of the old 'White Swan' which had
gone to discard'
April 8, 1931—
"Wayside Notes - by A.B.H." Old timers will remember the "White Swan," a double deck float, owned by Capt.
Crook which was used as a dance pavilion and largely patronized by the summer residents. It is now the
Williams apartment house
, providing comfortable homes for
several families. Mr. Williams is giving it an up-to-date appearance by covering it with imitation brick.