Deep in the suburbs of Oakland County, Cranbrook is an oasis of educational and artistic excellence. Cranbrook Academy has challenged, enlightened, and developed generations of students since its founding in the 1920s. This is one of the most admired private schools in the United States, one which has done a remarkable job of living up to (and even beyond) the goals and dreams of its founders. Cranbrook has beautiful gardens and a good (albeit small) modern art museum. It's an excellent place to spend an afternoon.
Cranbrook is located on what was the estate of George and Ellen Scripps Booth, Detroit newspaper publishers from the early 20th century. (Yes, it's _that_ Scripps family.) Happily, the Booths possessed lots of money, good taste, and a vision. And - typical for their time - they were dedicated and serious philanthropists.
My photo here shows Cranbrook's Museum, designed in a simple and clean neo-classic style by Eliel Saarinen. Cranbrook has been home to many important 20th century artists and designers, most notably the Eames Brothers of furniture fame.
For more about the place, check out my Cranbrook travelogue.