In 1926, Frances Dodgeaheiress to the Dodge Motor Company fortuneareceived a very special gift for her twelfth birthday: a playhouse christened aHilltop Lodgea. This was no ordinary playhouse. You will learn about its planning and constructionaand celebrate her birthday in this extraordinary playhouse. For Frances, Hilltop Lodge was a safe havenaa hideaway of sorts. When riding horses on her familyas estateashe used her playhouse as a stopover. (Frances Dodge would later become an internationally renowned horsewoman.) Hilltop Lodge did help Frances to gain the house management skills that her mother desired her to learnabut mostly it was special to Frances because it was here that she would first meet Patrick. Even today you can visit Francesa playhouse. Some of her personal belongings (toys, books and dishes) are still there. Visitors to Meadow Brook Hall are invited to take the short stroll through the woods to visit her playhouseabut most seem so in awe of the mansion (which was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2012)athat they confine themselves to touring the Hall. It is indeed an exquisite home. But Hilltop Lodge, Francesa enchanted hideaway, was magical . . .Of special note is that Hilltop Lodge was the very first allelectric ahomea in the Detroit metropolitan area! ... The style of the interior decoration and furnishings were similar to those that graced Meadow Brook Hall as her mother oversaw the anbsp;...
|Title||:||Hilltop Lodge: Frances' Birthday Celebration|
|Author||:||Kay Taylor and Tara Taylor|
|Publisher||:||Xlibris Corporation - 2015-09-11|