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“"One of America's Grand and Historic Estates"”
Review of Meadow Brook Hall

Meadow Brook Hall
Ranked #2 of 16 things to do in Rochester
Certificate of Excellence
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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: Wheelchair access, Stairs / lift
Reviewed 25 June 2014

This was the second of three grand estates I visited on my trip to Detroit. The other two being Cranbrook House and The Edsel & Eleanor Ford House.

Meadow Brook Hall was the home of Alfred and Matilda Dodge Wilson, who's first husband John, founded the Dodge Brother's Motor Car Company with his brother. When it was completed in 1929, this 100 room English inspired mansion, at 88,000 sq. ft. was the third largest home in America.

While you can walk the lovely grounds, with it's beautiful gardens for free, there's a fee to tour the interior of the house, and it's a good one, lasting about an hour.

The tour guide provides a short introduction to the Dodge and Wilson families before guiding the group through many of the rooms in this three story estate. The craftsmanship and architectural details throughout the estate are amazing as you might expect for a home that cost 4 million to build. The guide provides interesting stories and details about the family and rooms in the house. Questions were welcomed. All of the furnishings and art were left as they were, when the Wilson's lived here. The house is a great part of American history and automotive royalty.

There's also a nice gift shop for those that want to bring back a keepsake.

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Reviewed 21 June 2014

A tour of Meadow Brook Hall gives you insight into both architecture and culture during the early part of the 1900s. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable. Visitors get to see many rooms within the mansion and learn interesting facts about Matilda Dodge and her family. The grounds are also lovely with two quaint cottages just a short walk away and a lovely gazebo with beautiful plantings nearer to the mansion. The gift shop also had nice items. We love house tours and felt this ranked high on the list of many we have seen.

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Reviewed 8 June 2014

Meadow Brook Hall is a gem of a place, a real jewel for Oakland University. The Hall has been lovingly restored and transformed from what was once thought by OU administrators as a white elephant into a fantastic venue for weddings, meetings, special occasions. Tours through the home are a fun and educational way to spend part of an afternoon.

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Reviewed 26 May 2014

hard to believe but it's been almost 40 yrs since i was inside meadowbrook hall in my hometown of rochester, michigan. i was a room guide when i was 15 but other than looking at the grounds & exterior, i hadn't taken a tour for many yrs. even when i "worked" there i didn't take the tour nor understand the total history. it's the 3rd largest historical home in usa (biltmore at 150,000 sq ft, dupont in delaware & meadowbrook at 88,000). as always, these homes are full of stories & history. now it's time to find a book to fill in more details of this woman and her 2 influential husbands. if you are in the detroit area & looking for something to do, go here. the tour is (in my opinion) the way to go but you can do a self guided tour. there are numerous gardens, the original farm house and starting in 2015, the 2 playhouses will be open to the public. plan 1.5 hrs for tour and enjoy rest of buildings for at least 1-2 hrs. bring a book and relax. try and imagine how quiet this place was 80+ yrs ago. the entrance fee is reasonable and my mom got a sr discount and if you are affiliated with Oakland Univ, you also get a discount.

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Reviewed 17 April 2014

We are so lucky to have this gem in our town. The tours are always excellent,the gardens are gorgeous, and the "home" is amazing.

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