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
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