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Edsel & Eleanor Ford House
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 Shores.

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”.