Oil tycoon Harry Boyd Earhart and his wife Carrie built this mansion near Ann Arbor. The house was completed in 1936 and featured Pewabic tile created for the Earharts by Marry Chase Perry Stratton. The Lutheran Church ~ Missouri Synod purchased 234 acres of the Harry and Carrie Earhart estate in 1961 to construct the campus of Concordia College. The four-year liberal arts college opened in 1963. The manor initially served as a student activity center and housed faculty offices Although. Much of the original house remains intact, including decorative plaster, hardware, crystal chandeliers, and the Pewabic tile elements: two “medieval” family crests, a metallic-glazed tile fountain, and the master bathroom.
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