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April 2, 2013

Cranbrook tour looks at those who worked ‘From Dust till Dawn’

By Tiffany Esshaki
C & G Staff Writer

BLOOMFIELD HILLS —  On April 18, visitors will get a behind-the-scenes look at the Cranbrook House during a celebratory tour centered on the manor’s home and grounds staff.

The tour is the third installment of the Cranbrook House and Garden’s new winter/spring tour series, which offers off-season looks at the home’s interior with never-before-seen attractions from the Booth family and Cranbrook’s historic campus.

According to Cranbrook house docent and archivist Robbie Terman, the theme for this tour was inspired by the hit TV series “Downton Abbey.”

“The fascination with ‘Downton Abbey’ comes from people who just want to know about the people who worked in these manor homes — their lives, the work they did, their duties in the house,” said Terman.

She explained that the tour will begin with each guest receiving the name of a Cranbrook house staff member from the home’s first days at the beginning of the 20th century. As the tour makes its way through the historic estate, guests will learn more about their staffer and how they contributed to the legacy of Cranbrook, no matter how large or seemingly small their role.

“The help was really very discrete, and oftentimes, they were the person that (the homeowner) would talk to. They talked to their help, telling them probably more than they told other people,” said Judy Lindstrom, Cranbrook House and Gardens auxiliary board chair. “It’s a wonderful time to celebrate the people who were behind the scenes at Cranbrook.”

Like the other tours in the series, attendees should arrive at 10:45 a.m., 15 minutes before the tour begins. The $30 admission price includes a box lunch as well as a small souvenir to commemorate the experience.

For more information on the  tour or to make reservations, call (248) 645-3149. Visit their website at housegardens.cranbrook.edu.

The Cranbrook House and Gardens is located at 380 Lone Pine Road in Bloomfield Hills.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Tiffany Esshaki at tesshaki@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1095.