Support the Center's Special Projects

Directed support for the Center’s special projects will impact the way future generations enjoy the wonders of Cranbrook. Current special projects include:

Center/Archives Relocation Project: The Center is actively fundraising to establish a new permanent home for the collections of Cranbrook Archives that will also serve as a hub for our innovative programming and dedicated team, as well as a resource for the entire Cranbrook community. Plans for restoring and repurposing a historic 1925 Albert Kahn-designed home on Cranbrook’s campus, originally called Stonelea, include a classroom, offices, and public Archives Reading Room connected to a temperature-controlled vault.

Restoration of the Cranbrook Japanese Garden: As part of Cranbrook’s master plan, Toward Cranbrook 2030: One Legacy, One Mission, One Campus, the groundwork has been laid by the Center’s Japanese Garden Advisory Group, amongst others. Following the rehabilitation of the Lily Pond Cascade, the next phase of the garden rejuvenation will be the creation of the New Entrance Garden featuring an Azumaya pavilion, a new pathway with stone steps, and a long wooden bench inspired by the Ryōanji stone garden in Kyoto. 

Your support of these special initiatives will change the course of Cranbrook’s history. For information on how you can help, please contact Gregory Wittkopp at or 248.645.3315.

Photograph of the lily pond cascade from Cranbrook's Japanese Garden


Cranbrook Academy of Art students on a Campus Tour, September 2019; Photography by Daniel Smith (CAA '21), Courtesy Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research. 

Rehabilitated Lily Pond Cascade, June 14, 2019; Courtesy of Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research.