Dinner for 8 at Harper House in Lansing

Bidding Supports: Zonta Club of the Michigan Capitol Area Foundation (Lansing, MI)

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Online Close:
Nov 15, 2012 8:00 PM EST  –  Bid Extension
Bid History:
1 Bids

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After the online close, this item went to a Live Event for further bidding. Absentee Bidding offered.

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Back by Popular Request: You and seven of your closest friends are invited to dinner at The Harper House in Lansing MI.  In fact, why not ask seven of your closest friends to buy this extraordinary event with you. 

The winning bidder on this item will get a unique opportunity to enjoy a lovely evening at one of Lansing's most beautiful and elegant homes, The Harper House.

Harper House, just a few blocks from the Grand River, in Lansing MI was built by the President of Motor Wheel. Harold Beckett, the Architect who designed this stately English Tudor home, won the National Architect Award for design in 1929 for his work. The house, started in 1927, was finished in 1929. The Harpers sold their stock to build the house and within 6 months of the home being completed, the market crashed, so they dubbed it the house that "luck" built. 

The house retains its stately grandeur and includes an impressive array of unique features. There is a definite European influence throughout the home including a Reception Hall; tavernella fleur marble floors in the great reception hall and up the grand staircase; hand carved white oak walls; a hand-blown Venetian glass chandelier from Milan, Italy and much more.

Some rooms of special interest: The Library, which has built-in book shelves, alicia marble fireplace, American walnut walls and a carved ceiling depicting the 4 sciences. The sunken living room has a grand fireplace sculptured ceiling and 3 sets of French doors opening to the garden area. The Music Room has bay windows facing the Governor's mansion. The Dining Room has a Grecian designed ceiling and a Birch paneled carved fireplace. The Kitchen & Butlers Pantry has tiled walls and ceilings, the original built in ceramic "iceboxes", a Dumbwaiter and leaded glass cupboard doors. The Breakfast Room has octagonal shaped basket weave tile floor.

The exterior grounds include a reflecting pond, upper and lower pools, fountains, extensive gardens, gazebo and strolling paths.

Your hosts, Brian Huggler and Ken Ross, will be preparing a delicious meal using seasonally available ingredients designed to tempt the palate without overwhelming the waistline.  Students of best-selling cookbook author and French cuisine enthusiast, Patricia Wells, your hosts look forward to plying your palate with a selection of artfully prepared dishes assembled from their travels in the South of France.





Special Instructions

Special Notes:

Bidding for this item will continue at the live event on Dec 4. Hosts and winning bidder will determine the date and time. It is suggested that either late spring or late summer be considered so that you can see the magnificent gardens at their best. Contact information will be given to winner at time of event or delivery of the certificate. 

Donated By:

Brian Huggler and Ken Ross