Two Days Away: Cranbrook Connections: Cleveland, Akron, and Oberlin

Friday, May 4th 8:00am - Saturday, May 5th 7:30pm
Cranbrook House
380 Lone Pine Road
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304

William Morris, Japanese Gardens, Frank Lloyd Wright, and so much more

Friday, May 4, and Saturday, May 5, 2018
Bus departs Friday at 8:00am and returns Saturday at 7:30pm

$550 (includes) a $150 tax-deductible donation to the Cranbrook Center)
Fee includes bus transportation, all admission fees, Friday lunch, Friday evening reception and dinner, and Saturday lunch.

Hotel accommodations at The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland—at a reduced Cranbrook rate of $249 (single or double occupancy) plus taxes—must be booked and paid separately by the participants. After registering for the tour, participants will receive a Cranbrook code to use to book their room at the reduced rate.

The tour is limited to 33 participants with a minimum of 25 participants required to confirm the tour.
For information or to reserve your place on the tour, please contact the Center at 248.645.3307.

Hosted by
Gregory Wittkopp, Director, Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research
Kevin Adkisson, Collections Fellow, Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research

Join the Center on its first overnight excursion as we explore three cities in Ohio and their many connections to Cranbrook and the Center’s programs. From the treasures of two of the nation’s leading museums and the meditative calm of two Japanese Gardens, to the wonders of the nation’s sixth largest public manor home and the beauty of a Frank Lloyd Wright Usonian House, this tour will place the wonders of Cranbrook in a new context. In addition to intellectual stimulation, the tour will include dinner at The Flying Fig in Cleveland, whose executive chef and owner Karen Small is a semifinalist for the 2018 James Beard “Best Chef” Award, and accommodations at Cleveland’s finest hotel, The Ritz-Carlton.

Guest Experts
Andria Derstine, John G.W. Cowles Director, Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College Mark Erdmann, Objects Conservator, Intermuseum Conservation Association (ICA)
Mark Gilles, Director of Historic Restoration, Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens
Cory Korkow, Associate Curator of European Art, Cleveland Museum of Art
Jill Koski, President and CEO, Holden Forests & Gardens, including Cleveland Botanical Garden Julie A. Reilly, Executive Director, Intermuseum Conservation Association (ICA)
Dan Seiberling, Seiberling Family Member and Tour Guide, Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens
David Slawson, Landscape Artist, Slawson Creations

Cleveland Museum of Art and the William Morris Exhibition
William Morris devoted his life to creating beautiful and useful objects using the highest-quality materials under fair labor conditions. This jewel-like exhibition, William Morris: Designing an Earthly Paradise, includes woven and block-printed textiles spanning each stage of Morris’s career and a featured loan from Cranbrook Art Museum—the bed hangings embroidered by Morris’s daughter May and purchased by George Booth for his bedroom in Cranbrook House. Also showcased are magnificent volumes from the Cleveland Museum of Art’s nearly complete collection of books printed by Morris’s Kelmscott Press, the inspiration for Booth’s Cranbrook Press. Our guide through the exhibition will be the exhibition’s curator, Cory Korkow. We also will explore an exhibition of the work of Carl Milles’s early mentor, the French sculptor Auguste Rodin (1840 – 1917). Celebrating the centennial of the sculptor’s death, Rodin—100 Years, includes almost forty works from the museum’s collection. For more information, visit

Cleveland Botanical Garden and the Japanese Garden
Founded in 1930, the Cleveland Botanical Garden is a not-for-profit organization that welcomes close to 15 0,000 guests each year. Located in University Center, directly across the street from the Cleveland Museum of Art, the gardens include an exotic Glasshouse with a Costa Rican rainforest as well as a spiny desert of Madagascar. Our tour will focus on the 1975 Japanese Garden, their magical realm of Gan Ryuu Tei (rock stream garden): a Japanese mountainscape rendered in picture-perfect miniature. This garden includes a dry cascade created with a classic composition of rocks, clipped evergreen azaleas, and weathered beach stones, as well as trees that are pruned to appear of great age heavily shaped by the forces of nature. Our tour will be led by the Japanese Garden’s designer, David Slawson, who trained under Kinsaku Nakane, one of Japan's renowned garden masters. For more information, visit

Intermuseum Conservation Association (ICA)
ICA – Art Conservation is the nation’s first non-profit regional art conservation center. It was founded in 1952 by the directors of six major Midwestern museums to provide professional, high quality, and cost-effective art conservation services. Early museum members included Cranbrook Art Museum. For the first fifty years of its existence, the organization was located on the campus of Oberlin College. In 2003, staff and operations relocated to a newly renovated facility in Cleveland’s West Side. The historic structure is fitted with conservation laboratories, a climate-controlled art storage facility, and a large space that will soon be renovated for use as a public meeting area and educational classroom. Our private reception will be hosted by ICA’s Executive Director Julie Reilly and tours of the facility will be led by Objects Conservator Mark Erdmann, who worked with the Center to restore Cranbrook’s Samuel Yellin-designed North Gates. For more information, visit

Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens and the Japanese Garden
Stan Hywet is the nation’s sixth largest historic home open to the public and, like Cranbrook, a National Historic Landmark. Built between 1912 and 1915 for the family of F.A. Seiberling, co-founder of the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, the Estate includes five historic buildings and ten historic gardens on 70 acres. Our tour will not only include the Manor House and its collection of original furnishings and fixtures (including metalwork by Samuel Yellin and a Pewabic Pottery fountain), but also a discussion with Mark Gilles, Director of Historic Restoration, in the tranquil Japanese Garden, which was designed in 1916 by Warren Manning in collaboration with Japanese landscape architect T. R. Otsuka. Our private lunch will take place in the Carriage House, near the Gate Lodge where Seiberling’s daughter-in-law Henrietta brought together Bill W. and Dr. Bob for a discussion that ultimately led to the creation of Alcoholics Anonymous. For more information, visit

Oberlin College and the Allan Memorial Art Museum and the Frank Lloyd Wright Weltzheimer/Johnson House
Founded in 1917, the Allen Memorial Art Museum is recognized as one of the five best college and university art museums in the United States. The collection, which is housed in an impressive Italian Renaissance-style building designed by Cass Gilbert, includes extraordinary old master and 19th-century paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts. In 1977, a gallery for modern and contemporary art was added to the museum, a Postmodern landmark designed by the architectural firm of Venturi and Rauch. Led by museum director Andria Derstine, our tour will not only include the museum, but also Oberlin College’s nearby Frank Lloyd Wright Weltzheimer/Johnson House. Designed in 1947 and completed in 1949, the same years as Cranbrook’s Wright-designed Smith House, this Usonian House—the first in Ohio—stands as another expression of Wright's answer to the demand for beautiful and affordable middle-class homes in the post WWII America. For more information, visit

Friday, May 4

Parking and Registration
Cranbrook House Parking Lot

Bus Departs for Cleveland
Note: The charter bus will be equipped with a restroom and the Center will provide travel snacks and bottled water.

Arrive at The Cleveland Museum of Art

11:45am – 12:45pm
Private Lunch at Provenance at The Cleveland Museum of Art
Executive Chef: Douglas Katz

1:00 – 2:00pm
Lecture and Guided Tour of William Morris: Designing an Earthly Paradise
Expert: Cory Korkow, Associate Curator of European Art and Morris Exhibition Curator, CMA

2:00 – 2:30pm
Self-guided Museum Highlights Tour or
Self-guided Rodin—100 Years Exhibition Tour

Bus Departs CMA for the Cleveland Botanical Garden
Optional: Walk to the Cleveland Botanical Garden

2:45 – 4:00pm
Cleveland Botanical Garden (CBG)
Guided tour of the Japanese Garden
Host: Jill Koski, President and CEO, Holden Forests & Gardens, including Cleveland Botanical Garden
Expert: David Slawson, Landscape Artist, Slawson Creations, and CBG Japanese Garden Designer

Bus Departs Cleveland Botanical Garden for The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland, Hotel

Check in at The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland

Bus Departs Hotel for Intermuseum Conservation Association (ICA)

6:00 – 7:00pm
Intermuseum Conservation Association (ICA)
Reception and Tour
Host and Expert: Julie A. Reilly, Executive Director, ICA
Expert: Mark Erdmann, Objects Conservator, ICA

Bus Departs ICA for Restaurant

7:15 – 9:15pm
Private Dinner at The Flying Fig in Cleveland’s Ohio City Neighborhood
Owner and Executive Chef: Karen Small

Bus Departs Restaurant for The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland

Bus returns to the Hotel

Saturday, May 5
Breakfast (on your own)

Bus Departs The Ritz-Carlton for Akron

10:00am – 12:15pm
Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, Akron
Guided Tour of The Manor House (10:00 – 11:00am)
Guided Tour of the Japanese Garden (11:15am – 12:15pm)
Expert: Mark Gilles, Director of Historic Restoration, Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens
Expert: Dan Seiberling, Seiberling Family Member and Tour Guide, Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens

12:15 – 1:15pm
Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens
The Carriage House
Private Catered Lunch

Bus Departs Stan Hywet Hall for Oberlin

2:30 – 4:30pm
Oberlin College
Guided Tour of Allen Memorial Art Museum
Guided Tour of the Frank Lloyd Wright Weltzheimer/Johnson House
Expert: Andria Derstine, John G.W. Cowles Director, Allen Memorial Art Museum

Bus Departs Oberlin for Cranbrook

Bus Arrives at Cranbrook House


  • Tour reservation guaranteed with full $550 payment (which does not include the hotel or breakfast on Saturday morning).
  • The $550 fee includes a $150 donation to the Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research.
  • The $150 donation is non-refundable; the remaining $400 tour fee is refundable through April 6, 2018.
  • Attendees must reserve and pay for their room at The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland.
  • The hotel room is subject to The Ritz-Carlton’s policies and regulations, including all applicable cancellation fees and penalties.
  • The Cranbrook Center does not guarantee the availability of rooms at The Ritz-Carlton at the reduced rate.
  • Attendees may stay at another hotel of their choice. However, the bus pick-up and drop-off point will be The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland.
  • The Cranbrook Center will do its best to convey all dietary restrictions to the restaurants. However, the Cranbrook Center cannot guarantee that all dietary restrictions can be accommodated.

Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, Manor House, Great Hall. Photography courtesy of Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens.

Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, Japanese Garden. Photograph courtesy of Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens.

Strawberry Thief (detail), design registered 1883. William Morris (British, 1834–1896). Indigo-discharged cotton: plain weave, block printed; 88.2 x 99 cm. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Gift of Mrs. Henry Chisholm, 1937.696.

Cleveland Botanical Garden, Japanese Garden. Photography courtesy of the Cleveland Botanical Garden, Holden Forests & Gardens.

Intermuseum Conservation Association (ICA), Conservation Laboratory. Photography Courtesy of ICA - Art Conservation.

Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, Manor House. Photograph courtesy of Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens. 

Frank Lloyd Wright Weltzheimer-Johnson House. Photography by Dirk Bakker. Photograph courtesy of Oberlin College.