Rare Opportunity to See Historic Mansion
The magnificent William E. Scripps mansion will be open for holiday tours over Thanksgiving weekend and again for two weeks in mid-December. The pre-Depression mansion, built in 1927, welcomes you to “Christmastide at Scripps,” 1½ hour interpretive tours available for a limited time for those who want a peek at the elegant estate, built by the heir to the Detroit News, William E. Scripps.
Local Designers Bring Holiday Splendor Back to the Estate
A special treat this year awaits those lucky enough to make advance reservations. Local design/decorating team, May Huerner and Patricia Hermans, have generously donated their expertise to deck the halls of the historic estate. Their magic touch has transformed the house with simple but elegant holiday charm reminiscent of the Scripps’ era of the 1920s and 1930s.
Huerner and Hermans have creatively utilized donations of decorative materials from individuals and businesses in the community. The two Orion women have a special appreciation for the challenges of decorating architecturally magnificent homes like the Scripps house. In addition to their background in art and design, they have worked on numerous Detroit-area holiday historic home tours. This year’s theme is a hope for us all: “Peace on Earth.”
Tour Proceeds Support Ongoing Preservation of the Mansion
The estate was formally listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2007, and is considered nationally significant for its art, architecture, the importance of its landscape design, and its association with an important American, William E. Scripps. However, listing on the National Register is honorary only; it does not provide funding. The Friends of the William E. Scripps Estate, as the preservation/restoration arm of Guest House, is sponsoring the special interpretive tours, which will include additional seasonal stories related to the Scripps family and the estate. Tour proceeds will help support the high cost of the preservation/restoration of the estate.
The mansion has been occupied until just recently by the clients of Guest House, Inc., which provides treatment of women religious with addictions. It is still used for client aftercare and other treatment-related purposes.
Limited Public Tours by Reservation Only
Special Thanksgiving weekend tours are available on Saturday and Sunday November 29 and 30 at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm. Tours are offered again in mid-December from Sunday, December 7th through Sunday, December 21st, and are limited to twice a day during the week, and three times a day during weekends (closed Mondays, December 8th and 15th) Tour times are: 11:00 am and 3:00 pm weekdays; 11:00 am, 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Guided tours are approximately 1-½ hours in length, and are priced at $25 per adult; $15 for seniors and children 5-11. TOURS ARE AVAILABLE BY ADVANCE RESERVATION ONLY BY CALLING 248-391-4445, EXT. 1137 or 1100.
Visitors can also purchase quality items from the new Friends Gift Shoppe at the estate, including handmade commemorative art tiles and artist note cards of the mansion, history booklets, posters, and heritage Japanese maple seedlings from the parent tree at the estate. Items range from $7 to $40.
A very limited number of private Holiday Teas are also available at the mansion during the holiday season. Packages begin at $50 per person, and consist of a private tour of the house followed by a complete, three-course, traditional Afternoon Tea served in the mansion’s dining room. Five-course English High Teas are also available for an additional charge. Reservations for your group can be made by contacting 248-391-4445, ext. 1104 or 1100.