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Restoration

Restoring an Important Piece of West Michigan History

Our restoration story began long ago when Pat Hoezee Meyer and her husband Dean were hiking in the park and stumbled – quite literally – across the Felt Mansion. She headed up the community project and the rest, as they say, is history. We have come a long way in the restoration of the Felt Mansion since then, but of course, we continue to make improvements over time.

Today, volunteers from Laketown Township and surrounding communities are restoring the mansion and grounds to their 1920’s splendor. It is the vision of the Township and volunteers to return the structure and grounds to their original splendor so the public can appreciate its beauty while learning more about our local history, and the era when a great effort was put to the task of building fine homes.

The restoration is a unique community project, in some ways as impressive as the mansion itself, involving many individual, student, group, and corporate volunteers. Our goal is to restore the Georgian mansion and surrounding grounds, using the target year of 1929 as our target year for restoration — the year the estate was most complete under the ownership and operation of Dorr Felt himself.

Here are some of the improvements we have accomplished and others we hope to start in the near future:

Exterior Projects

Driveway
Lighting
Gutter Replacement/Repair
Landscaping
Pond Resurfacing
Exterior Painting
Storm Windows

Interior Projects

Floor Refinishing
Plaster Repair
Heating System Upgrades
Window Treatments
Furnishings
High-Speed Internet

Wish List

Barrier-Free Access (Elevator)
Period-correct plants
Water feature updates
Update Shore Acres Farm buildings

Felt Mansion Restoration
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Support Our Restoration Efforts

We need help to keep the restoration project going. By donating, you can become a Friend of the Felt Estate. The Friends of the Felt Estate provide leadership, education, and advocacy for preservation and green initiatives to a network of people, organizations and local communities

Explore Felt Estate's History

Felt Mansion’s restoration has come a long way since it was rediscovered years ago, and the process continues to this day. The goal is to restore the Georgian mansion and surrounding grounds, to its original grandeur with the target year of 1929, the year the estate was most complete and under the ownership of Dorr Felt himself. Enjoy a fascinating reflection of Felt Mansion’s History.