Lost Painting Project

What is it?

After Matilda Wilson’s death in 1967, some of Meadow Brook Hall’s largest and finest pieces of art were sold at auction or bequeathed to her family. For more than a decade, the curatorial staff have been looking for these paintings and have since located nine of them. With your support, we will create high-quality replicas of these remarkable paintings and hang them in their original locations. This will be a huge step toward interpreting the house as it was when the family lived here – with a target date of 1929.

Why is MBH doing this?

Matilda and Alfred Wilson carefully chose the paintings in their beloved art collection and returning The Hall to its original appearance – a family home full of both personal items and impeccably curated art – is as important in telling their story as it is in preserving history. We want to honor their design while also staying accurate to history by making The Hall look as it did when the family lived here.

Many of the paintings in our collection are in need of conservation; any funds collected beyond what is needed for replication will go toward caring for those.

How can I help?

We are currently in need of funding. Meadow Brook Hall raises every dollar that it spends, and the Lost Painting Project must be totally supported from our friends.

Due to a significant grant from the Richard and Jane Manoogian Foundation and a major gift from Oakland University President Ora Pescovitz, as well as several gifts from the OU and MBH community for the conservation of paintings in the collection, the fundraising drive is more than half accomplished. With $42,000 raised, we now need additional support from friends of The Hall to reach our goal of $80,000 to finish the painting replication and further conserve other art that will be moved to new locations in the house to make way for the replicated works.

For more information or to donate, contact the curator, Madelyn, at or (248) 364-6253. Checks payable to “Meadow Brook Hall” can be sent to:

Meadow Brook Hall

Attn: Lost Painting Project

350 Estate Dr.

Rochester, MI 48309

Want to donate now with a credit card? Click here. Please note that your gift will go directly to the Lost Painting Project, even though the fund number is “MBH Collections Conservation.” Thank you!

How can I learn more about the project?

Join Curator Madelyn Rzadkowolski as she discusses the Wilson family as art collectors, why some of their collection was dispersed, and how the Lost Painting Project is seeking to restore The Hall to its former glory. With the Lost Painting Project fundraiser (which creates replicas of the “lost paintings” and conserves the original art still in the collection) more than half funded, guests will have the chance to see some of the completed works.

Monday | June 10 | 9:30  – 11:00 a.m.

Tuesday | June 11 | 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

The cost is free, and reservations in advance are not required. However, there is a 100-guest capacity.

In gratitude to those who have already given:

  • The Richard and Jane Manoogian Foundation
  • Ora Pescovitz, Oakland University President
  • In loving memory of Mary Kathryn Cichowski
  • Geriann Reimann
  • Anthony and Victoria Gallina
  • Alison Gaudreau
  • Diane Gurzick
  • Charles Kemler
  • Natalie Reilly-Finch
  • Donna Vogt