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Review of Meadow Brook Hall

Meadow Brook Hall
Ranked #1 of 14 things to do in Rochester
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: A National Historic Landmark, Meadow Brook is the historic home built by one of the automotive aristocracy's most remarkable women, Matilda Dodge Wilson, widow of automobile pioneer John Dodge, and her second husband, lumber broker Alfred Wilson. Constructed between 1926 and 1929, for $4 million, Meadow Brook represents one of the finest examples of Tudor-revival architecture in America. Tours are offered daily. Tour tickets may be purchased in the Museum Store located inside Meadow Brook Hall. Tour reservations are not required. All guests must be accompanied by a tour guide. Tours last approximately 1 to 1-1/2 hours, depending on the size of the group.
Useful Information: Stairs / lift, Wheelchair access
lakewood, co
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11 reviews
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“nice tour”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2013

not allarge crowd. we went there to kill an hour. nice staff put on a nice tour. learned a little something about the huge mansion. $12 tour ticket price.

Visited August 2013
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Rochester Hills, Michigan
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“Beautiful Grand Home of a Bygone Era”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2013

Meadowbrook Hall is a true gem not to be missed when visiting the Detroit area. The home is the fourth largest historical home in the country, and yet it is surprisingly welcoming. The attention to architectural detail is exquisite both on the exterior and interior. The ceiling in the dining room is the most beautiful artistry in plaster you will ever see. The home is in outstanding condition and the docents are very knowledgeable and can answer questions about the architecture as well as relate the many interesting stories about the Wilson/Dodge family. All of the art work and furnishings are original to the home.

The gardens are spectacular if visiting May thru September. A self guided Christmas walk is offered every year, although you miss some great stories told by docents; but the holiday decorations are beautiful. Depending on the season, you can also tour the play house down a wooded trail all done in 3/4 scale with working plumbing and electric.

Visited June 2013
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Rochester, Michigan
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“A walk back in time - MeadowBrook Mansion”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2013

Tour the magnificent MeadowBrook Mansion to see an example of how the wealthy magnets of industry lived in the early 1900's. Secret passageways, staircases and fascinating architecture will delight you along with the beautiful gardens. Learn the history of the Wilson-Dodge families and the social lives they led entertaining their friends such as the Henry Ford family and the automotive moguls of their time. Walk the estate grounds and you'll see the 3/4 size cottage that was built for their daughter with 3/4 size furniture, and kitchen so she could learn to keep house and entertain as we'll as have fun in her playhouse! The mansion is particularily beautiful at Christmas time, a very popular time to tour the estate. You will also learn of the Wilson-Dodge family's generous philanthropy with the donation of their estate and its acreage for the development of Oakland University, now one of the top universities in Michigan. Located in Rochester, Michigan, the mansion/estate and university are approximately 30 miles North of Detroit.

Visited August 2013
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Rochester, Michigan
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“Meadow Brook Hall”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2013

What a great way to discover local history. It truly is a step back in time where you can experience the wonderful architecture, interior decor and exterior gardens. It's a great place to have lunch, too.

Visited May 2013
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“Meadow Brook Hall”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2013

Meadow Brook Hall the home of lumber baron Alfred Wilson and Matilda Dodge Wilson is unique in that it is a beautiful, magnificent mansion but unlike so many mansions it has warm, homey feel to it. Little things like the door knobs illustrate the lumber influence of its owner, or the influence of the child whose bedroom it was. Matilda Dodge Wilson's bedroom is beautiful, the dining room is grand and I love the library and the solarium. The grounds are beautiful as well. I've seen quite a few mansions from the east coast to the west coast including the Vanderbilt mansion and the Hearst mansion but Meadow Brook is my favorite. If you get a chance to go back in the winter Meadow Brook is beautifully decorated for Christmas. I would check with Meadow Brook before going to make sure you can get the complete tour since they have many special events going on.

Visited August 2012
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