Cranberry Lake Park silo roof to be replaced

By: Linda Shepard | Rochester Post | Published June 7, 2012

 The Cranberry Lake Park silo is surrounded by a collection of vintage agricultural machines.

The Cranberry Lake Park silo is surrounded by a collection of vintage agricultural machines.

Photo by Linda Shepard


OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — In an ongoing effort to restore the historic buildings at Cranberry Lake Park, a silo roof will be replaced.

“The silo was built in 1930,” said Tammis Donaldson, principal architect for Ekocite Architecture of Royal Oak.

“The pieces of interlocking concrete were pre-cast in a conical shape,” Donaldson said. “They imploded and fell in the silo. We have all the pieces and will use them as a template.”

The recently restored historic Axford Coffin farmhouse at Cranberry Lake Park opened for use last summer after a collaborative effort involving the Oakland Township Historic District Commission, the Oakland Township Parks Commission and the Oakland Township Historical Society.

Oil company executive Howard Aldridge Coffin’s family used the farmhouse as a summer home between 1939 and 1951, township officials say. Coffin also served in the U.S. House of Representatives, representing District 13.

The home, located on Predmore Road, west of Rochester Road, is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The farmhouse is part of the Cranberry Lake Farms Historic District, which is located in Cranberry Lake Park.

The Greek Revival-style house was built in 1840 and was occupied by the Axford, Taylor and Kline families, who farmed the land until 1908. Arts and Crafts style additions were added in the early part of the 20th century. The renovated home features three staircases and a fieldstone fireplace.

Cranberry Lake Park’s 213 acres include the western shoreline of Cranberry Lake. The park has no lake access, but has numerous hiking, biking and horseback riding trails.

The park’s silo currently stands near the recently restored Flumerfelt barn amid a collection of vintage agricultural machines just west of the Axford Coffin farmhouse.

By a unanimous vote May 8, the Oakland Township Board of Trustees approved the silo roof repair by GA Frisch Inc. for a cost of $18,475 of budged funds.

Donaldson said the silo roof repair will begin this spring. Planned events at Cranberry Lake Park — including a Music in the Meadows free concert July 20, a Cranberry Bog Boogle hike July 14 and the Down on the Farm celebration July 28 — will continue during the project.

“This was long needed,” Oakland Township Supervisor Joan Fogler said about the new roof for the silo.