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The Governor Croswell Tea Room is located in the one hundred year-old Hoefler Building at 125 E. Maumee in historic downtown Adrian, Michigan. The tea room is named in honor of former Adrian resident, Charles Miller Croswell, who was the 17th Governor of the State of Michigan from 1877 – 1881. Originally from New York, Governor Croswell lived at 228 Broad Street while practicing law in Adrian with the famous attorney Thomas Cooley. His former home is currently the property of the local D.A.R. Chapter. Governor Croswell died in December 13, 1886 and is buried in the Oakwood Cemetery in Adrian.

The building where the tea room is located has an interesting past. In 1910, Louis Hoefler, a successful San Francisco attorney, originally from Adrian, chose to rebuild an existing mid - 1800 building adjacent to the historic Croswell Opera House. The building features a white terra cotta facade. The front has a green opalescent glass trimmed canopy accented with original pressed metalwork. Above the canopy, a large panel of opaque vintage glass accents the façade. The interior displays the original oak flooring, exposed brick walls and high ceilings. The mezzanine area in the back of the main floor remains a visual highlight of the building. The Hoefler Building remains one of the “architectural jewels” in downtown Adrian

The location also has a long and successful business history. Louis Hoefler originally re- built the building in 1910 for his cousin, Louise M. Burger where she opened an upscale millinery ((hats, dresses, hat trim) shop. Her reputation as a first class destination was widely known. She and her daughters Clara and Anna ran the business from this location until about 1922. In 1923, Leone Kaufman, a Burger Milinery employee, took over and began a 30 - year career of millinery sales at this location.

In 1967 Robert and Thelma Judge moved Judge’s Jewelry family legacy of selling fine quality jewelry in the Adrian area from S. Main Street to this location. This building became known as the Judge”s Jewelry Building and the name still survives on the green glass sections on the canopy. The Judge’s” son, David continued the family business until 1997.

Teresa Weir purchased this building in 1998 where it was a destination for many upscale home décor purchases.

In 2010, Al Wilkerson, an Adrian native, and his wife Phyllis Wilkerson, both retired educators, purchased the building to build a tea room in the main floor, which would provide a "china and linen" tea experience. The Wilkerson’s goal is to build a tradition of serving excellent British inspired food and offering an outstanding tea drinking experience with a personal touch to each patron. For the past 18 years, their three daughters and now their 2 grand daughters, have fondly enjoyed the "china and linen" tea experience at their other restaurant, The Sweet Afton Tea Room in Plymouth, Michigan. They have celebrated their bridal showers, baby showers and have enjoyed high tea there on many occasions.

Our goal at the Governor Croswell Tea Room is to create the same type of wonderful place that develops a long legacy of wonderful memories.

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