Cranbrook House is a stunning architectural masterpiece that has been standing for over a century. It was designed by renowned Detroit architect Albert Kahn in 1908 for the founders of Cranbrook, George Gough Booth and Ellen Scripps Booth, and served as a family home for 40 years. The English Tudor style house is an example of the American Arts and Crafts style, and is surrounded by 40 acres of gardens. The chief architect was Eliel Saarinen, while Albert Kahn was responsible for the Booth mansion.
The sculptors Carl Milles and Marshall Fredericks also spent many years residing in Cranbrook. In 1904, newspaper magnate George Booth bought a 174-acre farm 20 miles northwest of Detroit, which he named Cranbrook in honor of his ancient English home. Corfield, Booth, continued to acquire land and supervise workers as they leveled roads and hills, planted grass and created Lake Glastonbury (now Lake Kingswood) fed by waterfalls built from natural springs. Starting in 1909, Booth consulted landscape architect O.
Simonds, who recommended a naturalistic approach to reforesting arid and undulating terrain. The edges of the lake were planted with native shrubs, trees and herbaceous plants, while the roads were lined with pine, red cedar, hazelnut and dogwood forests. Cranbrook House was the family home of the founders of Cranbrook, George and Ellen Booth, from 1908 to 1949. The guild was founded in 1932 by Henry Scripps Booth, son of Cranbrook founders George and Ellen Booth. During his visit, he requested a studio space where he could compose, and Sepeshy had the piano moved from Cranbrook House to St. Cranbrook House is one of the world's leading centers of education, science and art, and includes a Graduate Academy of Art, a Museum of Contemporary Art, the historic 26th House gardens, a natural history museum and independent university preparatory schools.
In partnership with Museums for All, visits to Cranbrook House are free for those receiving food assistance (SNAP benefits).The Cranbrook Academy of Art, one of the leading graduate schools of architecture, art and design in the United States, was founded by George Booth and Ellen Scripps Booth in 1932. Tours of the Smith House, which is owned by a private foundation, are available at the Cranbrook Collection and Research Center. The Saarinen House is Eliel Saarinen's art deco masterpiece and the jewel of Cranbrook's architectural treasures. This impeccable classic building, articulated with the Ionian order, was Cranbrook's first facility intended for public use. There, the Booth raised five children (James, Grace, Warren, Henry (Harry) and Florence), in a tasteful urban environment that included private gardens and interior furniture designed by George Booth. In 1986, Cranbrook Children's School and Kingswood Cranbrook School signed a joint agreement whereby the new institution was renamed Cranbrook Kingswood Upper School.
This agreement allowed for an expansion of educational opportunities for students in both schools. Cranbrook House is an iconic example of American Arts & Crafts style architecture that has stood for over a century. It is an architectural masterpiece designed by renowned Detroit architect Albert Kahn that served as the family home of George Gough Booth and Ellen Scripps Booth for more than 40 years. It is also famous for its architecture in the Art Deco style. The campus now has 319 acres that encompass all of Cranbrook's educational facilities including a graduate art academy, a contemporary art museum, a house and gardens, a science institute and pre-kindergarten through 12 independent university preparatory schools.