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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