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Historical Lansing Event: Fundraiser at the English Inn

April 28th, 2013 by insideout

Please join us May 15th for an exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour of Medovue, the home built by Oldsmobile general manager and president Jacob Reuter in 1927. This property is known today by another name: the English Inn. The exclusive tour is a fundraising event for the Historical Society of Greater Lansing. It will take place on Wednesday May 15 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. and will include an in-depth, behind the scenes tour of the house and grounds, as well as delicious hors d’oeuvres and desserts. Tickets are $50 per person. Visit the historical society website to purchase tickets.

The History behind our Inn and Wedding Venue

In 1927, construction began on the Tudor Revival house designed for auto baron Irving Jacob Reuter (1885-1972) and his wife, Janet (1886-1984). The Reniger Construction Co. of Lansing completed the 10,000 square foot house early the next year with plans drafted by Harold Childs of East Lansing. The Reuters called this property “Medovue.” The 15 acre estate included a pergola, swimming pool and gazebo as well as an artesian well, fishpond, annual and perennial gardens and nature trails.

The Reuters lived and lavishly entertained at Medovue from 1928 to 1936. Great names of American business and automotive giants were guests at social functions.

Original homeowner Irving Jacob Reuter

The Reuters were listed both in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in Michigan during their tenure at Medovue. Reuter abruptly retired from Oldsmobile in 1934 and he and Janet moved to Florida in 1936.

See More of our Bed and Breakfast than the Average Guest!

If you are interested in attending the fundraiser, why not get yourself a room at the inn so you don’t have to worry about driving after some cocktails and delicious desserts? After touring the grounds and learning about the fascinating history of the property, your stay will be infused with added significance.

Stay in the Ivy Cottage and you will be in the original property’s milking room. Enjoy a sitting room with fireplace and Jacuzzi tub.

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