Edsel & Eleanor
Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan
Original Date: 1926
National Historic Landmark
The former private residence of Edsel and Eleanor Ford and
their four children was built between 1926 and 1929 on Gaukler
Pointe in the fashionable Detroit suburb of Grosse Pointe
Edsel and Eleanor asked architect Albert Kahn and landscape
architect Jens Jensen to create their home in the Cotswold
style. This picturesque 60-room sandstone house stands on
an 87-acre estate on the shores of Lake St. Clair.
Chambers, Murphy & Burge Restoration Architects have
customized a Cyclical Maintenance plan to ensure the long-term
preservation of the estate. The firm evaluated six buildings
that are part of the estate, including the Main Residence,
Power House, Gate House, Play House, Recreation Center, and
Activities Building. This plan includes instruction for the
staff so that proper routine maintenance procedures and an
emergency plan are in place.
Chambers, Murphy & Burge Restoration Architects, Ltd.
continues with the implementation of capital projects for
each fiscal year’s budget as provided.
The home has been open to the public since 1978 as a house
museum, fulfilling Eleanor’s wish that the property
be used for “the benefit of the public”.