How You Can Adopt an Artifact
To better protect and interpret The Hall as it looked when it opened in 1929, Meadow Brook Hall is pleased to announce the Adopt-an-Artifact program. Each year, a small number of specific restoration projects will be chosen and each step of the process will be monetized and opened to the public for “adoption.” This provides a unique opportunity for individuals, families, businesses, or a group of friends to choose an object or objects that mean something to them and to directly contribute to their care.
The Adopt-an-Artifact program is first tackling the restorations of the Breakfast Room and the Sun Porch. This is a unique and exciting way to launch the program, as every donor will be contributing to the restoration of an entire room. The final result - for donors and for guests - will be all-encompassing.
How it Works
The benefits of restoring entire rooms are almost as great as the cost, so some of the conservation costs have been split up into more manageable amounts for individual donors. If more than one donor wants to adopt the same object, the Curator will provide other options of comparable cost. Personal donations of any amount are always appreciated and used specifically for conservation. This is an annual project, so stay tuned for more opportunities to donate to an object or a cause that is important to you.
The list of adoptive donors will be made public and each will receive a certificate detailing the conservation work. Before and after photographs of the objects will be displayed in The Hall and on the website. Donors will also be invited to a special exhibit displaying the newly conserved items.
The intimate and unusual Breakfast Room is the only room inspired by non-western design. An octagonal room with a domed ceiling, this room is styled after Chinoiserie, or a western interpretation of Chinese and Japanese design. The family ate breakfast together in this room and often opened the doors to let the breezes and scents in from the adjoining gardens. In 1938, this room hosted a momentous occasion: the wedding reception for Dan Dodge. Though today used by many brides as the staging area for the grand entrance to their ceremony in the Pegasus Garden, it also sees use by catering staff, tour groups and parties.
Up for Adoption
1. Restore marble floors, ADOPTED: $10,000 through the generous support of the Wilson Fund.
2. Purchase custom rug to protect marble floors. COST: $3,000
3. Replicate curtains- ADOPTED: $3,200 through a generous donation of The Women’s Committee for the support of Meadow Brook Hall.
4. Conserve two Japanese embroideries COST: 1 embroidery, $500; ADOPTED: One of two was adopted; $500 through the generous support of Frank and Janet Cassise
5. Replicate glass push plate and restore painted door into Serving Pantry. COST: $1,000
6. Restore inset shelving unit. COST: $200
7. Restore lacquered dining table. COST: 10 donors at $630 each
8. Restore lacquered side table. COST: 4 donors at $570 each
9. Restore two lacquered dining chairs. COST: 2 chairs, $925 each
10. Replicate six chandelier lamp shades. ADOPTED: $180 through the generous support of Roberta Bresette
11. Purchase silk hydrangea blossoms that match the ones in the Breakfast Garden, $100
On the opposite end of The Hall, the Sun Porch is an equally cheery room, this one filled with items that the family bought on their many trips abroad. Matilda could look out the windows to see the Greensward where the family rode horses or Evergreen Hill, where she planted 100 evergreen saplings in 1930. We have found no early upholstery samples or mentions of the room to hint what the colors were in the 1929 black-and-white photograph, but in 1946 and again later, possibly in the 1950s, Matilda reupholstered the furniture in shades of green. The new color palette will follow the colors popular for sun rooms in the 1920s, which were typically greens, yellows and reds.
Up for Adoption
1. Repair and hang pewter tray from India. ADOPTED: $75 through the generous support of Peggy Gamble
2. Purchase mix of real and silk plants. COST: 4 donors at $100
3. Clean and repair green and gold area rug. COST: $230 and $700 respectively
4. Clean and restore two rattan fan back chairs. COST: 2 chairs at $300 each
5. Replicate ottoman. COST: $1,150
6. Restore bamboo and wicker furniture. COST: 8 seats at $660 each
7. Reupholster rattan furniture. COST: $2,000
8. Replicate and produce the original fabric: 5 donors at $500
9. Purchase matching pillows. Four donors at $30 for four pillows; ADOPTED: Two of six pillows were adopted; $60 through the generous support of Dan and Annie Williams
10. Restore Majolica style urn. ADOPTED: $1,200 through a generous donation from the Stoney Creek Questers Group
EXPLORE THE COLLECTION:
Louis Comfort Tiffany (American, 1848-1933)
Favrile glass, 15 5/16 inches high
Raffaellina de Garbo (1476-1524)
Oil on Panel, framed 28" x 16"
Paul Poiret (French, 1879-1944)
Digital Dress: 200 Years of Urban Style
Designed by Corrado Parducci
Avard Fairbanks (1897-1987)
Bronze with Verdigris patina
Click HERE to view an Interactive Estate Map of the gardens at Meadow Brook Hall.