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HENRY FORD ESTATE

Cause Area

  • Arts & Culture
  • Community
  • Education & Literacy
  • Environment

Location

1 FAIR LANE DRDEARBORN, MI 48128 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

To illuminate the lives and legacy of Clara and Henry Ford for our visitors through the preservation and re-imagination of their beloved estate.

Description

After Clara Ford's death, the house was transferred to the Ford Motor Company and became the official archives of the Company. Most of the furnishings and collections inside the residence were removed. The estate was donated to the University of Michigan in 1957 for a new Dearborn campus. The University of Michigan, Dearborn operated the main house, powerhouse, garage, and 72 acres of land as a museum.

In 2013 the stewardship of the estate was transferred and a private non-profit 501c3 was formed. Under the leadership of Board Chairman Edsel Ford II, an ambitious effort began to ensure the beloved home and legacy of Clara and Henry Ford endured. The estate was operated by the same leadership as the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores, until 2019. Today Fair Lane functions independently. The Henry Ford Estate is a public non-profit funded by the generosity of the Ford family, Ford Dealers, and donors.

Many people ask, when will the restoration be finished? To date, much of the gardens, grounds, and main house have been restored by skilled professionals, artisans, and craftspeople to authentically reflect the original look and feel of the home as Clara and Henry knew it. But a large amount of work remains. A small hard-working team is restoring the expansive estate to preserve the estate of an iconic couple so that future generations can understand the impact the Fords had on the world.

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