Meadow Brook Hall: An American Castle in Rochester

Take a look inside the 88,000-square-foot architectural masterpiece conceived by Matilda Dodge Wilson. By Susan Peck Photography by Brett Mountain One glance at Meadow Brook Hall, and you’ll understand why the mansion is often described as an American castle. Designed by the Detroit architectural firm Smith, Hinchman & Grylls and still operating today, the 110-room estate was inspired by English country manor houses of the Tudor and Elizabethan periods. The 88,000-square-foot Tudor revival mansion is the former residence of one of the automotive aristocracy’s most memorable women, Matilda Dodge Wilson (widow of auto pioneer John Dodge), her second husband Alfred G. Wilson and her children. Matilda and John Dodge had three children, Frances, Daniel and Anna Margaret, who passed away at age 4. Matilda and Alfred Wilson adopted two children, Richard and Barbara. “Named a National Historic Landmark in 2012, the mansion was built between 1926 and 1929, at a cost of $4 million, by elite craftsmen and materials impossible to reproduce today,” says Shannon O’Berski, a Meadow Brook Estate spokesperson. “Meadow Brook Hall was built in the center of a 1,500-acre country estate and was quickly recognized for its grand scale, fine wooden craftsmanship and exquisite architectural detailing.” The prosperous co-founder … Continue reading Meadow Brook Hall: An American Castle in Rochester