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“Great Historic Home”
Review of Meadow Brook Hall

Meadow Brook Hall
Ranked #1 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: Stairs / lift, Wheelchair access
Reviewed 18 August 2014

Meadow Brook Hall is the home of Alfred and Matilda Dodge Wilson; she was previously the widow of the one the Dodge Brothers. The house is sometimes erroneously called the Dodge Brothers House; the house was not constructed until after Matilda Dodge married Alfred Wilson. The scale of the home is similar to Biltmore, but it is certainly more of a family home. Matilda lived in the home until her death until 1967, so most of the furnishings are mostly original. Take time to see the Tiffany floor lamp and the Van Dyck oil painting!. The only downside to the attraction is that photographs are not allowed; they should sell a CD with the interior images. The grounds are beautiful, and the house is a good example of an English tudor home. It is a little pricey, but the money supports the home and the grounds, as it is owned by a local university.

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Reviewed 16 August 2014

Was recent guest of the OUWB Medical School White Coat Ceremony. The event was beautiful, the grounds were spectacular; beautiful gardens everywhere you looked. The strolling reception offered a wide variety of food and was plentiful. If you have not visited the grounds and the mansion, it is time to step back in time and learn of the era, the family and how they lived. Not to mention their philanthropy involvement.

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Reviewed 8 July 2014

Yes the house and grounds are beautiful. It was $100 for six of us to do a fifty minute behind the scenes tour. Then if we wanted to see the rest of of house we had to pay more. They no longer give military discounts. Too bad that will be the last time for me and family that comes to visit. We will go to Ford house where military and their family get in free

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Reviewed 1 July 2014 via mobile

This glorious mansion is a must visit to all locals and visitors alike
See how the real money makers
Of the time lived and entertained...

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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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