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Meadow Brook Farms
U.S. National Register of Historic Places
Location: 480 South Adams Road
Rochester Hills, Michigan

 United States

Built/Founded: 1926-1929
Architect: William E. Kapp
Smith Hinchman & Grylls
Architectural style(s): Tudor Revival
Governing body: State
Added to NRHP: 1979
NRHP Reference#: 79001166

Meadow Brook Hall is a Tudor revival style mansion located in Rochester Hills, Michigan. It was built between 1926 and 1929 by Matilda Dodge Wilson (the widow of auto pioneer John Francis Dodge) and her second husband, lumber broker Alfred G. Wilson. In 1957, the mansion and the surrounding property and buildings were donated to the State of Michigan in order to found Michigan State University-Oakland, now known as Oakland University.



Meadow Brook Farms originally belonged to Matilda's first husband, automotive tycoon, John F. Dodge. He purchased the property along with the large white farmhouse off of Adams Road as a holiday retreat for his family. John Dodge had three children with his first wife, Ivy Hawkins, and three with Matilda Rausch Dodge. He also built a 9 hole golf course, of which some holes still follow the currentKatke-Cousins 18 hole course, on the property. The mansion, located on South Adams Road amidst a 1,400-acre (5.7 km2) estate, is now part of Oakland University. Throughout her lifetime, Matilda actually resided in the hall for a total of 16 years. Some of the family's time was spent away from the home on vacations in their summer home in Scottsdale, Arizona. The hall was also shut down for a brief time during the worst part of the Depression.

Often referred to as one of America's "castles", the 110-room, 88,000-square-foot (8,200 m2) mansion is currently ranked fourth on the list of Largest Historic Homes in the United States.[1] It was designed by William Kapp of the firm Smith Hinchman & Grylls. It's designed in a Tudor-revival style and European-inspired, however, most of the materials that were used to build the home were American-made. The playful Romanesque architectural sculpture that adorns the building was created by Corrado Parducci. Much of the original artwork collected by the Wilson's is still found at Meadow Brook including paintings by Anthony van Dyck, Rosa Bonheur, Joshua Reynolds, John Constable and Thomas Gainsborough and sculpture by Antoine-Louis Barye, Frederic Remington, Cyrus Edwin Dallin, and Herbert Haseltine. The home and the surrounding estate, known as Meadow Brook Farms, are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

In 1957, Matilda Dodge Wilson and her husband donated part of her estate to Michigan State University, including Meadow Brook Hall, Sunset Terrace, the Wilson's retirement home, and all its other buildings and collections, along with $2 million to found Michigan State University-Oakland (now Oakland University). They lived in the Sunset Terrace home until his death in 1962. Mrs. Wilson returned to Meadowbrook Hall and lived there until her death in 1967.

Concours d'Elegance

The Meadow Brook Concours d'Elegance is held annually during August on the grounds of Meadow Brook Hall since 1979.[2] This week-long event is one of the largest and most prestigious collector car shows in the world, making it a premiere social event. an exhibition of automotive design, craftsmanship, and history, as well as an elegant marketing tool for automobile manufacturers to reach the market for beautiful high design products.[3] Over the years, this event has served as a significant fundraiser for the preservation of Meadow Brook Hall.[4]




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  • Current NBA and former Duke star Shane Battier held his wedding at the Hall.

Map of Meadow Brook Hall

See also


  1. ^ A&E, with Richard Guy Wilson, Ph.D., (2000). America's Castles: The Auto Baron Estates, A&E Television Network
  2. ^ The Meadow Brook Concours d'Elegance home page, retrieved on August 9, 2008.
  3. ^ "The History of the Concours d'Elegance", The Meadow Brook Concours d'Elegance, undated page, retrieved on August 9, 2008.
  4. ^ "About Meadow Brook Hall", The Meadow Brook Concours d'Elegance, undated page, retrieved on August 9, 2008.
  • A&E with Richard Guy Wilson, Ph.D.,(2000). America's Castles: The Auto Baron Estates, A&E Television Network.
  • Kvaran, Einar Einarsson, Shadowing Parducci, unpublished manuscript
  • Wilson, Matilda Rausch Dodge, Debbie Patrick, ed., (1998). A Place in the Country: Matilda Wilson's Personal Guidebook to Meadow Brook Hall, Rochester, MI: Oakland University Press.
  • Robertson, Jessica (01-17-2006).'Eminem Remarries Kim' in Rolling Stone

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