Bloomfield Hills, MI – (BACKYARD STYLE)
June 29, 2012 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Imagine a house that has aged like a fine wine. A house of sophistication, history and culture; that above all else, has passion. Remarkably beautiful, hand-crafted designs accent every room immersing the visitor in the timelessness style of the Arts and Crafts movement. This is Cranbrook House.
For a limited time this summer and fall embark on a tour of Cranbrook House; metro-Detroit’s oldest English manor home. Our expert docents will guide you around the former residence of Cranbrook founders George and Ellen Booth, designed by famed architect Albert Kahn in 1908. See beautiful furnishings, tapestries, paintings and works by world famous artists. Then wander through the astounding 40 acres of lush gardens that surround Cranbrook House.
Your expedition through Cranbrook House will take you to the former living quarters of the Booth family; allowing you to marvel at everything from the unique furnishings of the living room to the unbelievable ceiling design of the Still Room. The docent will guide you through the incredible Cranbrook House Library. Symbolic tapestries, iconic stain glass windows, and almost everything in between will be highlighted on your tour of Cranbrook House. “Our volunteer docents have often been called the “historian’s” of the Cranbrook story and this wonderful home”, said Judy Lindstrom, Cranbrook House and Gardens Auxiliary Chairman.
Sunday Tours run June-September at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., and October at 1 p.m. only. Thursday Tours run June-October at 11 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. Friday tours run June-September at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., and October at 11 a.m. only. Admission is $10 for adults, and $8 seniors.
Luncheon offered at noon after the 11 a.m. tour (3rd Thursday of the month) and High Tea after the 1:15 p.m. tour (2nd Thursday of the month). Tour admission with lunch is $27 for adults and $25 for seniors. Tour and tea admission is $25 for adults and $23 for seniors. Reservations are required for tours with lunch or tea; please visit our website or call to reserve your place.
Included with the House tour is a visit to Cranbrook Gardens (guided tours of the Gardens available for an additional fee). Cranbrook Gardens accent Cranbrook House with its’ brilliant floral patterns, fountains and sculptures. During your visit to the gardens, stroll the peaceful paths to flowers, plants and herbs of all colors and varieties.
Cranbrook House and Gardens is maintained primarily through the commitment and dedication of Auxiliary volunteers. Your admission fees help us achieve our mission of conservation, restoration and preservation of the founders’ home and gardens. If you are interested in becoming a member, please call or sign up through our website.
Become a fan of our Facebook Page (facebook.com/cranbrookhouseandgardens) or follow us on Twitter (@cranbrookaux) to stay up to date on news and events. For more information on Cranbrook House and Gardens, please visit www.housegardens.cranbrook.edu, call (248) 645-3149 or email us at email@example.com.
Cranbrook House and Gardens is located at 380 Lone Pine Road in Bloomfield Hills, MI. The centerpiece of the National Historic Landmark Cranbrook Educational Community, the house was designed by noted Detroit architect Albert Kahn in 1908 for founders George Gough Booth and Ellen Scripps in the English Arts and Crafts-style and is the oldest surviving manor home in metro Detroit. The Booths commissioned the finest artisans, craftsmen and studios of the period to furnish the house with handcrafted furniture, tapestries, tiles, stained and leaded glass, and other works of fine and decorative art. The 40-acres Cranbrook Gardens are noted for their formal, woodland and naturalistic gardens incorporating fountains, statuary, lakes, streams, and extensive traditional and naturalist plantings. An active greenhouse is also open to the public.
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