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Recreating craftsmanship

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A Michigan contractor reroofs an HGTV-spotlighted building—the Cranbrook House

by Kate Gawlik
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Being involved with the roofing industry, you know the importance of stellar craftsmanship whether you are installing the most intricate roof system detail or repairing a leak.

George Gouh Booth also appreciated fine craftsmanship, and his love of the arts and crafts inspired him to create what would become Cranbrook Educational Community (CEC), Bloomfield Hills, Mich. The community is dedicated to art, education and science.

Booth, a former Detroit News publisher, was fascinated by the English Arts and Crafts Movement that started in the late 1800s. This fascination inspired him and his wife, Ellen, to found CEC, which got its start when the Booths' private residence, the Cranbrook House, was built in 1908. Booth asked Albert Kahn, a renowned Detroit architect, to design a house that reflected arts and crafts. The Tudor Revival-style house, which sits at the front of CEC's property, features ornate wood carvings and moldings, decorative copper gutters, a tile roof system, and handcrafted tapestries and tiles and is surrounded by breathtaking gardens. As the Booth family grew, a west wing was added to the house in 1918 and an east wing was built in 1922.

Photos courtesy of Allen Brothers Inc.,...



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