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"George Gough Booth and Ellen Scripps Booth Memorial"

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"George Gough Booth and Ellen Scripps Booth Memorial"


Booth, Ellen Scripps
Booth, George Gough, 1864-1949.
Cranbrook Educational Community
Fredericks, Marshall M., 1908-1998
Relief (Art)


Gilt bronze on limestone. Located at the Cranbrook Institute of Science at Cranbrook Educational Community.

Born into a modest household in Toronto, Canada in 1864, George Booth grew up dreaming of becoming an architect. As a young man, he worked as a postal worker, bank accountant and metalworker, designing ornamental iron. Booth’s father, grandfather, and great-grandfather were all master metalsmiths. A business opportunity led Booth’s father to move the family to Detroit in the early 1880s.

In stark contrast to her future husband, Ellen Warren Scripps was born into a wealthy family. The daughter of newspaper publisher, James E. Scripps, she developed an early appreciation for art during her travels to Europe with her family. Following their marriage in 1887, George Booth joined the staff of his father-in-law’s newspaper, the Detroit Evening News, serving as the business manager. Booth would go on to own and manage eight newspapers, eventually establishing Booth News, Inc. with his two brothers. This corporation became one of the nation’s largest newspaper chains.

Booth’s previous experience in metalworking and his interest in artisan printing led to his involvement in the burgeoning Detroit arts and crafts community. As a founding member and the first president of the Detroit Society of Arts and Crafts, Booth formed relationships with numerous local architects and artists. In the early 1920s, Booth and his wife developed the idea of forming an experimental art community where artists could live and work together on their property in Bloomfield Hills.

Eventually encompassing 315 acres, Cranbrook Educational Community consists of a graduate arts academy, art museum, natural history museum, the Booths’ former house and gardens, and several independent college preparatory schools. The community is world renowned not only for its artistic educational programs but also for its superb architecture by Finnish architect Eliel Saarinen.


Marshall M. Fredericks Papers
Series II, Box 2, Folder 29




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Bloomfield Hills (Mich.)

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Color print

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3.5" x 4.75"

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