Anywho, condensed from the Pine Knob Mansion web site comes the following:
Colonel Sidney Dunn Waldon, of Packard Motor Co and Cadillac Motor Co fame, was born in London, England in 1873, and came to the United States in 1893. He purchased 840 acres of land in Clarkston, Michigan in 1927 and hired H. A. O'Dell to design a home for him. The result was a 19 room English Manor residence located atop the highest point in Southeastern Michigan (elevation 1221 feet).
One of the most impressive rooms of the Mansion is the "Great Hall" with it's gracefully arched ceilings, and acoustically perfect design. It's East and West walls are comprised of ceiling to the floor arched windows offering magnificent views of the sunrise and sunset. The Colonel's library, which is still the library today, is located just off the main entrance. He imported materials from all over the world and employed European craftsman to complete much of the work. For example, the oak screen, wood paneling and stone fireplaces took almost three years to carve. These artisans also crafted the stained glass windows and arched ceilings.
Colonel Waldon passed away on January 20, 1945 at the age of 72. Today the mansion is available for corporate or private events, and Sunday brunches. Sounds like a nice "gals day out" outing for my sister, Mom, and me! I'd love to take a tour of the place!
Some pics of the mansion and grounds follow:
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