Fisher Mansion
Fisher Mansion
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Robert M
17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
I can't recommend this tour enough. My wife and I went in December 2023. Basically, we got a private tour with a private tour guide. He was able to tell us some of the history of the mansion, some of the changes that were made, and interesting insights to the Hare Krishna movement. In addition to the converted yacht well, we saw the main entrance hall, both ballroom, the library, dining room, and both bedrooms. It was so interesting that for the first couple rooms I forgot to take pictures because I was so immersed in the experience. I couldn't recommend it more.
Written December 16, 2023
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jocelynd102
Grosse Pointe, MI1,395 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2014 • Family
I have been going to the Fisher Mansion since the Krishna's have operated it in the mid 1970's and never grow tired of the architecture!! It is a beautiful home built in the early 20's and really interesting grounds. Call ahead for tours and if you are around on a Sunday, don't miss the fabulous vegetarian feast that is served after the lecture/discussion that starts at 5p. Usual serving time is 6p. Only a donation is expected. Very nice and interesting people show up. The feast is served in the once boat mooring(inside and beautiful tiles) area.
Written January 23, 2014
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sueski99
Detroit, MI42 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2013 • Family
First off the picture posted here is not the Fisher Mansion on Lennox Avenue. I am pretty sure this is the Ford Mansion. The Fisher Mansion has a great story behind it, and it is totally worth going on the tour. Just call them a head of time and you go. $5.00 donation. The Hare Krishna's call this home in Detroit and have since the 70's. Mystical Asian art mixed up with former billionaire mansion.
Written January 1, 2014
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bluesapphire24
detroit45 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Went on Sunday in Sept. The mansion was run down. There were few cars in the lot. I went inside the home and it was dark inside with two kids running around. Shoes were hung up on a rack with a sign asking people to remove them. A man approached me and I asked if there was a tour. He told me he would get someone to give me one. It was dark and spooky. Last I knew it had been given to the Hare Krishna's. I did not wait for the gentleman to return as my friends all that it was too creepy to go in. What a shame that it was not kept us. Shame on you Krishnas for letting a good piece of property deterioate.
Written September 5, 2009
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David R
Saint Clair Shores, MI23 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2012 • Friends
Get it straight, even though this IS the Fisher Mansion it's now a center for the Hare Krishnas. Believe it or not, this is the same mansion that hosted Elvis, Marilyn Monroe and many, many huge stars of that day (50s/60s). At some point, the property was given to the Hare Krishnas (Ford heir? 70s?) and now serves as a temple for the Krishnas and cultural center for the Indian population in the area.

If you're not sympathetic to the Krishnas you probably won't have a great time here, and it might seem more than a little strange. But if you're open-minded and a little adventurous (and a little brave - the area is so-so at best) then you can see what once must have been one of the most magnificent properties of it's time. There are usually "devotees" on the property who will show you around, but it's kind of hit and miss as it seems there are not as many as there used to be. They have a temple where they do their services and chanting. They're not overly pushy at all and even serve a free vegetarian meal during the week (Sunday evening?). Fascinating history to a fascinating place.
Written July 8, 2013
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AbeSingh
Detroit, MI1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Family
A super excellent Mansion, with such a history in it! Such a beautiful mansion built by Architect: C. Howard Crane
Architectural style: Embellished Mediterranean Revival
Spanish Mission exterior.
Interior called “Hollywood Vintage”, a blend of Art Deco and various World styles, “basically, anything goes”
Style similar to mansions being built in Florida & California. Workers were brought from Europe
Worked round the clock, lived on-site
Cost: $2,000,000 (Today would be $25,000,000)
Venetian stained glass windows
Ceiling done in Spanish style with gold leaf
Walnut walls with diamond-shaped burled walnut motif.
Pillars from a fifteenth century German Castle.
“Solomonicas – after the syle of pillars found in the palace of King Solomon in ancient Jerusalem”
Floors and walls contain very expensive yellow Italian onyx marble.
Mary Stantton Pewabic tiles behind water fountain
Fisher’s favorite room floor - 2.5 feet thick oak wood constructed with butterfly joints and pegs – “no nails, will not creak”
Hand tooled Spanish leather wall covering with red and blue gold leaf
Fireplace marble from extinct quarry in Italy. Made with fossils
Door in corner leads underground tunnel which goes to a domed, heated, indoor swimming pool.
Mostly French influence, with leaded glass paintings from a French chateau
Ceiling done in manner of Swiss chalet
Sandstone fireplace, with figures of angels with lion’s claws on each side.
Figure sculpted on each is Leda, the mistress of Zeus, riding a sea monster. The Living Room side is done in Oak, the Music-Room side is Walnut
Dancing and singing female figures along the edges of the ceiling
Ceiling done in classical Japanese style
French embroidered silk wall
Floor is walnut and black walnut parquet
Paneling along base of walls of African zebra wood
Overall effect is that of open-air Spanish courtyard
Francis Geck framed mirrors
Red and gray American marble
Now serves as temple room
Done in French style from era of King Louis XVI
Hand painted canvas panels by William Wright.
“Cameos at the top of each panel are pictures of Fisher’s girlfriends”
Ceiling borders have leafing of mixed gold and silver
Ceiling Mediterranean style from Southern France
Floor is East Indian rosewood
Bathroom walls are mostly Pewabic Tiles from the American Tile Company
No two tiles are alike
“Created by dropping chemicals in a random pattern on tiles before firing”
Gold in floor tiles: Silver in blue wall tiles
In January 1976, Alfred Brush Ford (great-grandson of Henry Ford) and Elisabeth Reuther (daughter of Walter Reuther) purchased the Mansion for $300,000 then donated it to their spiritual teacher. His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, founder-acarya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. The mansion was then renovated and transformed into a temple and cultural center, which is its current use today.
Written October 28, 2014
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Wallace S
Weehawken, NJ23 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Friends
The Fisher mansion in northeast Detroit was built by the heir to "Body by Fisher" in the late 1920's, supposedly inspired by Hearst Castle in California. For the past 20-something years, it has been a cultural center for the Hare Krishnas. Tours are available at the modest price of $6, and I highly recommend one. The house itself has superb features, including a magnificent tiled master bathroom, that any aficionado of grand houses will enjoy, but it's the addition of Krishna information and detail that gives the tour its special character. Without the aid of a GPS, finding the house can be a bit tricky, but persevere. Don't be afraid to ask people on the street. Finally, ignore information in any guidebooks about a vegetarian restaurant inside the mansion. The restaurant has been closed for years, and according to our guide, there are no plans to reopen it. The peacocks are long gone, too.
Written July 29, 2013
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edj0nes
Detroit, MI1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I have always wanted to visit the mansion. Last I heard about the mansion was that it was a cultural center of the Krishna's in Detroit. So, last Sunday evening I decided to drop by. I was really impressed by the warm welcome, wonderful tour and the multimedia exhibit at the mansion. The tour guide walked us throug the mansion which depicts art and architecture from every corner of the world. And the vegetarian food they offered tasted really good. It is definitely worth it visiting this place at least once, if not more.
Written October 6, 2010
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AKAshon
Oakville, Canada2,024 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2016 • Solo
I came here on Sunday after visiting Pewabic Pottery. And it is interesting, that's for sure! The exterior of the house is quite nice, but it's the inside that's the gem! There were many Indian children playing outside while inside, there was a dance going on with men and women on separate sides. Immediately upon arriving inside the house, I was greeted by a volunteer who informed me about what was going on. He lead me to the room where the dance was taking place. Watching the dance and listening to the music was transfixing! I felt like I was transported to India! After about 20 minutes of watching, I decided to take a tour of the mansion where I was grouped with two other people and we were guided to various rooms in the house. In a few of the rooms, there were wax sculptures of the founder of the Krishna conscienceness. I thought that they were real! They looked so life-like and kinda creepy to be honest (I thought that their sheen was due to being oiled or something). The interior was beautiful! All the architecture and paintings were gorgeous! I wondered what the inside looked like when they housed the Fisher family. After the tour, we stayed for the last 15 minutes of a lecture on spirituality. After at 6pm, there was free vegan food! The food was good! I especially liked the fried stuff (not sure what it was, but it was yummy)! After, we decided to leave where we were each given a package consisting of a CD with music from the dance, a book about life after death written by the founder and a postcard with a photo of one of their deities. Email addresses and phone numbers were exchanged for updates on future festivals and events at the mansion. It was a very interesting experience that I highly recommend for anyone seeking something new and different!
Written November 6, 2016
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Jirasela
Howell, MI1,023 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Friends
I went with a group of friends to tour the Fisher Mansion in Detroit. Many people are unaware that there are canals off the Detroit River and the Fisher Mansion which was built in the twenties is located there.
It has a long and interesting history which includes now being owned by the Hare Krishna.

On Sundays the mansion is opened about 4 pm and all are welcomed to partake in their religious ceremonies. Sometimes, if someone is available, you can do a tour of the mansion. They ask a $5 dollar donation.
We arrived after 4 and were welcomed in. Please be aware you will be asked to remove your shoes- it's not really an option to keep them on. They will also ask why you are there. We answered we wanted to tour the mansion and observe their worship. We were told they would see who was available and asked to go in the main area where worship was taking place.
( I had called a few days ahead & told to arrive by 430 and tell them we wanted a tour.)

An older woman approached us and asked us to follow her. We did. She explained that she didn't do tours anymore but would do ours because the woman who did tours was out of the country. She showed us original pictures of the Fisher family and shared stories about their time in the mansion. She pointed out the ceilings and fixtures and floors. She told us how the Krishna had obtained the property and some of the changes they had made in the 30 plus years it had been in their ownership.
She spent about an hour with us. We really didn't see a whole lot because many of the doors were locked and no one knew where the keys were. Much of what we saw was in need of repair but the ceilings, fireplaces and floors were truly made by master craftsmen and even in the state they were in- the quality was still impressive. I was both sad because it's a shame it wasn't better taken care of, but amazed because it was all so very beautiful.
I had mixed emotions over the tour as well. It certainly was interesting and I was great ful they were willing to show us around but disappointed that it wasn't executed better. This house is a masterpiece and its colorful history certainly could make an one of a kind tour. But our tour guide was kind, intelligent and interesting in her own right. I was thankful she welcomed us, after all we just showed up during their worship service.
After the tour we made our way back to the service where a sermon was taking place. It was thought provoking. We stayed through the service and were invited to the home cooked vegetarian meal everyone partakes in post worship. The meal was being served outside on the Sunday we were there. The children went first and we were told to get in line after the children as we were guest. There was a box and a sign asking for a free will donation. I really have no idea what I ate but I can tell you it was all very tasty. We were encouraged to have seconds, ( we did not as the initial servings were very generous.)

Everyone was so kind and welcoming. They asked us to come back again. We were never pressured in any way. They never asked our names, only if we lived close or far away. One of the Krishna priest approached us after the ceremony and said, "So you decided you would just hang with the Krishna on a Sunday afternoon?"

We laughed and he told us he hoped we would join them for their meal.

In many ways we felt like we had left Detroit, left the USA and stepped deep into another culture. It was an interesting way to spend a few hours. They were kind, gracious and welcoming.

I did leave sad about the mansion though. I really feel the mansion, and it's history deserved better.

If you want an interesting afternoon and keep an open mind stop by the mansion on a Sunday afternoon, you won't be disappointed.
Written August 7, 2016
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