The Richardi House (aka The Grand Victorian) is being featured on an upcoming "Destination Michigan" TV special. This Monday's 30 minute segment will be showcasing 2 popular area attractions, Bellaire's Richardi House and the Acme Music Museum.
PROGRAM: Destination Michigan
SHOWTIME: 7:30PM Monday October 28 2013
CHANNEL: WCMU (available thoughout Michigan, check your local listings.)
WCMU is a PBS station located in Mount Pleasant Michigan and Destination Michigan is their popular TV series featuring historical properties and influential people of Michigan.
The WCMU video team was in Bellaire last May to record the program. The segment will focus on the story of Robert and Henry Richardi (father/ son) who cultivated incredible growth in Antrim County by designing and manufacturing their world class woodenware products in Bellaire. A display of their household utensils was awarded first place at the 1893 Columbian Exhibition World's Fair in Chicago and is on display in Bellaire's local museum. The Richardi's owned over 100 patents, were an early adapter of Edison's electrical power, installed a water works facility, and were key to developing the infrastructure in and around the village of Bellaire.
Shortly after inheriting his dad's (Robert) factory in 1895, Henry built an incredible Queen Anne Victorian home hoping to lure his girlfriend from Germany and into marriage. The TV special will highlight the story around the Richardi family and their impact on Bellaire and northern Michigan.
As friends of the Grand Victorian B&B, we invite each of you to take some time this Monday and enjoy the program!