They considered several possible uses for their own home, such as a university for girls, art and science museums, and even offices of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, but, in the end, they chose not to make that decision themselves. Realizing that young women would also need a place of their own to learn, Ellen Scripps Booth, Booth's wife, pressured Booth to build a school for girls. Known as the Crystal Palace, in 1913 it was responsible for producing half of the cars sold in the United States. The school is still known for its apprentice teaching method, in which a small group of students usually only 10 to 16 per class, or 150 students in total from the ten departments study with a single artist in residence throughout their curriculum.
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. As a private investor, George also began buying stakes in several Michigan newspapers, which, together with others already owned by his brothers Ralph and Edmund Booth, eventually led to the creation of Booth Publishing Company, the largest and most profitable chain in Michigan history. Kahn responded with a design inspired by English arts and crafts that closely followed the style of his own home in Detroit (now home to the Detroit Urban League). George Gough Booth (1864-1894), a native of Toronto, was the owner of a successful ironworking company in Windsor, Ontario, when he married Ellen Warren Scripps (1863-194), the eldest daughter of James Edmund Scripps, the founder of the Detroit Evening News (now known as The Detroit News).