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Meadow Brook Hall

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350 Estate Drive
Rochester, MI 48309
United States
Regions: Southeast Michigan
(248) 364-6263
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Shannon O'Berski
One of America's greatest estate homes, an icon of the automotive aristocracy, and the home of the founders of Oakland University.

A National Historic Landmark, Meadow Brook Hall is the historic home of one the automotive aristocracy's most remarkable women, Matilda Dodge Wilson, her second husband Alfred Wilson, a lumber broker and their four children, Frances and Danny Dodge, and Richard and Barbara Wilson.

It exists as an indirect product of the achievements and good fortune of her first husband, automotive pioneer John F. Dodge, co-founder of Dodge Brothers Motor Car Company who quickly prospered in the burgeoning auto industry before his tragic death in 1920, leaving Matilda one of the world's wealthiest women. This fortune not only built one of America's finest residences and country estates, it also supported numerous Detroit charities and organizations, and made possible the founding of Oakland University.

Meadow Brook Hall was built during the country place era, a time when wealthy American industrialists pursued rural life in settings of great beauty. It represents one of the finest examples of Tudor-revival architecture in America and is especially renowned for it superb craftsmanship, architectural detailing and grand scale of 88,000 square feet. Inspired by the country manor homes in England, it was designed and built by the Detroit architectural firm of Smith, Hinchman and Grylls between 1926 and 1929, at a cost of nearly $4 million.

Carefully preserved with original family furnishings and art, the 110-room mansion is elaborately detailed with carved wood and stone, ornate plaster ceilings, Tiffany stained glass, custom made hardware, and filled with fine and decorative art. Although the interiors reflect various historic styles, the house is equipped with every "modern" amenity appropriate to the active lifestyle of the Wilson's and their children.

Meadow Brook Hall was built on the 320-acre farm estate John and Matilda Dodge had purchased years earlier as weekend country retreat. The Wilson's expanded the estate to include 1,500 acres and several residences. For the Dodge and Wilson families, the farm estate provided a splendid setting for recreational activities and pastimes such as equestrian sports, motoring, and gardening and developed into one of the finest agricultural complexes, producing the finest lines of pedigree livestock.


Group Tour Options

House Tour: Tour the family's living quarters on the first three floors of The Hall.  Available January through mid-November$10 per person.

Behind-the-Scenes Tour: Explore rarely seen areas of The Hall on this special tour which includes staff wings, bathrooms, closets, and playrooms.  Available April through October (maximum 20 guests, not all parts of this tour are handicap accessible).  $10 per person.

Walking Estate Tour: Walk the grounds and learn the history of the estate, from the farm to the landscape and construction of Meadow Brook Hall.  Entrance into the playhouses* and the Dodge Brothers exhibit is included.  Available Memorial Day through Labor Day.  $10 per person.

Holiday Walk Tour: The holidays shine a little brighter at the Great Estate. Continuing in its 48th year, Meadow Brook Hall’s Holiday Walk offers self-guided touring through the elegant rooms of The Hall decked in holiday splendor with over 50 dazzling trees on display including a 10-foot tall Poinsettia tree created by 150 live plants displayed in the Sun Porch!
Available late November through December 23.  $12 per person.

*Knole Cottage, Danny's Cabin, and the Wilson Playhouse are not wheelchair accessible.


General Group Tour & Lunch Package: $30* per person

Holiday Walk Group Tour & Lunch Package**: $35* per person

*20-person minimum is required.

**Knole Cottage, Danny's Cabin, and the Wilson Playhouse are not wheelchair accessible.

Sneak Peek of Meadow Brook Hall

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