If you ever find yourself in the Detroit area, you owe it to yourself to see the Esdel and Eleanor Ford House – a local gem and historical landmark endowed with architectural beauty, art, antiques, and Ford paraphernalia.
The lakefront home located on 87-acres of property was once the private residence to Edsel Ford – the only child of famed Ford founder, Henry Ford – and his wife and four children. Built in 1929, the 30,000 square foot, 60-room, English Cotswold-style home was opened “for the benefit of the public” in 1976 upon Eleanor’s request. The property is managed by a non-profit board and is utilized for classes, lectures, events, and tours.
Currently, the nearly-century-old home is undergoing a $2 million-plus restoration to help maintain and preserve the building and grounds. The renovations include the implementation of a new bioswale (a wetlands system to help with drainage), the manufacture of a bridge connecting the property to Bird Island, moisture monitors, and updated electrical lines.
So if you ever find yourself in the Gross Pointe Shore area and want to see a part of Ford history, be sure to check out the Edsel and Eleanor Ford house – but until then, stop by Shults Ford of Harmarville for the best deals on Ford trucks, cars, vans, and SUVs, today!