Famed automotive leader, Henry Ford and his wife Clara named this beautiful estate their home for several decades. Founded on the banks of the Rouge River in Dearborn, this huge Michigan home shares the tales and history of the Ford family.
The beautiful estate was built by Henry Ford and his wife, Clara between 1913 and 1915. The over 30,000 square foot home originally sat on 1,300 acres. The first drawings of the home were designed by famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. However, after Wright left for Europe with his mistress, his assistant was assigned to complete the drawings for Ford’s new residence. In fact, Marion Griffin was one of the first female architects in America when she worked on this mansion.
The home was completed with stables, a greenhouse, a dam for hydroelectric power, a boathouse, indoor pool and bowling alley.
Fair Lane Estate received it’s name from Henry Ford’s adoptive grandfathers hometown in Ireland.
Henry Ford and his wife Clara lived in the home for several decades. The home and land was eventually donated to the University of Michigan to found a campus in Dearborn in the 1950s. It has since operated off and on as a museum and offers tours of the grounds as well.
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