Edsel & Eleanor Ford House

Grosse Pointe Shores

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Tours of the Ford family’s historic home as well as 87 acres of landscaping highlighting local flora and ecosystems

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Promotional value expires Apr 26, 2015. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Valid only for option purchased. Not valid 4/4-4/5. Children 5 and under free. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Choose from Three Options

  • $12 for a guided tour for two (up to a $24 value)
  • $24 for a guided tour for four (up to a $48 value)
  • $36 for a guided tour for six (up to a $72 value)

Admission of the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House includes a guided tour of the home, and a tour of the grounds with an iPod Touch. It also grants access to the outer buildings on the property. Click here to view the schedule of tour times throughout the year.

Edsel & Eleanor Ford House

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; 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. Guests are able to view 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.

Customer Reviews

Very interesting and very well done. Everyone was very friendly. Enjoyed lunch it was excell
Sue M. · December 17, 2016
I love coming here. Some docents are better than others though.
Ann K. · December 13, 2016
Knowledgeable docent, beautiful scenery, a local gem!
Genny C. · December 13, 2016
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    Grosse Pointe Shores

    1100 Lake Shore Rd.

    Grosse Pointe Shores, MI 48236

    +13138844222

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