Farmington’s historic icon, the Governor Warner Mansion, celebrates its sesquicentennial this year – that’s 150 years. This milestone will be honored with a fundraising Gala on the Mansion grounds Aug. 12 at 6 p.m. to support mansion restoration and longevity.
“Part of the Mansion’s foundation is compromised and needs to be rebuilt and reinforced for long-term stability,” explains Mansion Director Kimberly Shay. “The roof will need to be replaced in the near future, and the exterior also needs to be repainted.” Mansion restorations are expected to exceed $200,000.
The Governor Warner Mansion is a Victorian Italianate home built in 1867 by P. D. Warner, Governor Fred Warner’s father, and is furnished in late Victorian style. Sitting on almost three acres, the house is surrounded by gardens. Governor Warner served as the 26th Governor of Michigan from 1905 to 1911.
“There are a number of icons that set Farmington apart from other communities and the Mansion is certainly one of them. It preserves the historic, architectural, and aesthetic character and heritage of our city,” added Shay. “The 150 Anniversary Gala is a great way to recognize such an important piece of our history.”
Festivities include a strolling dinner, live music by The Big Band Theory, as well as both a silent and live auction. To become a sponsor, donate an auction item or learn more about attending the event, please contact the Friends of the Mansion at 248-474-5500, ext. 2225. Tickets are $75 a person and are available at Farmington City Hall, 23600 Liberty Street in downtown Farmington and can also be charged by phone.
The Friends of the Mansion envision the historic grounds becoming even more of a community gathering place. The long-term plan is to outfit the Carriage House with a kitchen and reception area, making the property desirable for conferences, wedding receptions, showers and other similar events.
State Representative Christine Greig
House Democratic Floor Leader Rep. Christine Greig is in her second term representing Michigan’s 37th District, which comprises Farmington and Farmington Hills. In her first term, Rep. Greig was accepted into the Bowhay Institute of Legislative Leadership Development (BILLD) program and served as an assistant floor leader and vice-chair of the Progressive Women’s Caucus.
City of Farmington Mayor Bill Galvin
Bill Galvin is a member of the Farmington City Council where he currently serves as Mayor. He has served the citizens of Farmington on City Council since 2011. He has participated as a board member of the Farmington Downtown Development Authority, Southwest Oakland County Cable Commission (SWOCC), the Farmington/Farmington Hills/Farmington Public Schools Intergovernmental Joint Task Force and the F2H Fit program. He is a previous member of the joint Farmington/Farmington Hills Commission on Aging.
Live Auction Items
- Big Band Theory for an event
- Ride in the Street Sweeper, with yellow shirt and photo
- Model T Ride
- Capitol Tour with Christine Greig
- Civil War Sword
Silent Auction Items
- Yoga at the Mansion
- Pieces of Art
- Mansion Grounds for a Porch Party
- Mayor for a Day
- Framed Historic Pictures of Farmington
- Farmington Event Pass: tickets to Ghost Walk, Harvest Moon Celebration, Farmington Civic Theater, Holiday Tea
- Cowley’s Wine Tasting for Four
- Cigar Basket
- Farmington Hills Golf Course Round of Four
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