Scripps Mansion

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William Edmund and Nina A. Downey Scripps Estate
Invalid designation
Moulton Manor
Scripps Mansion is located in Michigan
Scripps Mansion
Location 1840 Scripps Rd
Nearest city Lake Orion, Michigan
Coordinates 42°44′58″N 83°17′01″W / 42.74944°N 83.28361°W / 42.74944; -83.28361Coordinates: 42°44′58″N 83°17′01″W / 42.74944°N 83.28361°W / 42.74944; -83.28361
Built 1927
Architect Clarence E. Day
Architectural style Norman/Tudor Revival
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 07001009
Added to NRHP 27 September 2007

The Scripps Mansion (or Moulton Manor) is a Tudor style mansion located in Lake Orion, Michigan. The buildings and surrounding land are known collectively as The William E. Scripps Estate.


Built by William Edmund Scripps for his family in 1927, it now serves as a Catholic Guest House and Retreat Center. Scripps, the son of the founder of the Detroit News and WWJ radio, began the farm as a "hobby", before eventually settling. It is currently not open to the public due to ongoing repairs, but tours and events have been offered in the past to showcase the interior design and garden.[1]

The farmland of 3,000 acres (12 km2) was purchased by Scripps in 1916 from several different landowners. At its peak, the farm featured angus cattle, cows, swine, sheep, and poultry. During the Depression years, the farmhands and mansion servants all lived on the property. A small one-room schoolhouse for children of farm employees was established in 1925, and in 1952 was converted into an Episcopalian church.[2]

Amelia Earhart, at the request of Scripps, flew an experimental glider at the property in 1929.[3] Scripps, a pilot himself, became a glider enthusiast and formed his own company in 1929, Gliders, Inc.. He began his venture by manufacturing a primary type glider.


Scripps died in 1952, and much of the farm was sold at auction. A large part of the collection of European paintings from the estate was donated to the Detroit Institute of Arts in 1956.

The farmland and lakes are now mostly parks for Orion Township, Oakland County, and the state of Michigan; (Civic Center Park, Orion Oaks and Bald Mountain Recreation Area, respectively). The original farmhouses and buildings have been converted into the Canterbury Village shopping center.[4]

The airstrip and field used by Earhart is now used as an area for radio controlled airplanes as part of Bald Mountain Recreation Area.[5]

The estate was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2007.


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