Edsel & Eleanor Ford House

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1100 Lake Shore Rd., Grosse Pointe Shores, MI 48236 1100 Lake Shore Rd., Grosse Pointe Shores Directions
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Report | 9 days ago
Absolutely gorgeous! A beautiful and interesting piece of Detroit and Michigan history.
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Report | 4 months ago
The tour is wonderful... being inside the mansion makes you feel like you went back in time. The staff is wonderful. The tour is not for small and restless children who like touching stuff.
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Report | 9 days ago
Grounds under construction till May of 2015
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Take time to enjoy the experience and imagine how life was during the Edsel and Eleanor Ford era. I want go again.
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Take time to have lunch in the tea room, it was great.
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Report | 9 days ago
A fun, informal place to eat on Lake St. Clare: Mike's Bar & Grill (2 miles north of the Ford House at 24600 Jefferson Ave).
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The tour guides did an excellent job, am looking forward to going back for the behind the scene's tour!
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Report | 8 days ago
IT IS SO BEAUTFUL
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Cafe serves a great lunch. Tour guide was very good. I would go again
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Excellent and very interesting tour!! Will definitely going back in summer.
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As the sun rises and sets on the shore of Lake St. Clair, it illuminates a historic mansion surrounded by 87 acres of gardens, meadows, and lagoons. The light catches the elm and sugar maple trees, blue lilacs, and other local florae, treating guests to the same idyllic views that Edsel Ford—the only son of Henry Ford—used to enjoy with his wife, Eleanor Clay Ford, and their children. Built in 1929 and now open to the general public, this historic house and its surrounding grounds give visitors a glimpse into the everyday lives of one of America's most prominent families.

Edsel and Eleanor Ford were renowned for their progressive design tastes and support of the arts, and these forward-thinking sensibilities are readily apparent throughout their Gaukler Point home. Detroit architect Albert Kahn chose to characterize it as a cozy escape from city life by recreating the aesthetic of a Cotswold village cottage, complete with stone roofs, vine-covered walls, and lead-paned windows. But the Ford's decidedly modern style is still visible—for every antique and stuffed and mounted Model T, guests can also spot the sleek, custom-made furnishings and leather-paneled walls recommended by interior designer Walter Teague. The acres outside those walls were shaped with equal care by renowned landscape architect Jens Jensen, who chose to accentuate the area's natural beauty without giving any indication of manmade interference.

Of course, the Ford House would be incomplete without the invention that made the Ford name—the automobile. Reflecting that legacy and Edsel's own passion for designing vehicles, the garage houses Eleanor's custom-made 1952 Lincoln Town Car, a 1914 Detroit Electric, and a 1965 Mustang. The crown jewel of the exhibited collection—when it is not being displayed at car shows and museums across the country—is Edsel's treasured 1934 Model 40 Special Speedster, a vehicle that he personally spent years conceptualizing and then refining into a sleek, aluminum-bodied roadster.

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