Edsel & Eleanor Ford House
At the home of Henry Ford’s only child,
Edsel, you’ll see original antique furnishings,
an impressive collection of fine and decorative art,
and much more in a breathtaking 60-room Cotswold mansion.
Stroll 87 acres of lakefront gardens and grounds.
Eleanor then asked architect Albert Kahn and landscape architect
Jens Jensen to recreate the "charm and livability" of the Cotswolds,
a rural area of picturesque stone homes located some 90 miles northwest
of London they had visited many times. Kahn successfully modified the modest
Cotswold architecture for the Fords' more grandiose needs, designing a 60-room
mansion that maximized access to the dramatic lakeside, and Jensen skillfully created a
landscape of curving paths, low stone walls, and clipped hedges.
The couple filled their house with English and French antiques,
and several rooms featured priceless works by masters like Henri Matisse,
Paul Cezanne, Franz Hals, and Diego Rivera. Though Edsel died in 1943,
Eleanor continued to live in the house until the 1970s. Before her death in 1976,
Eleanor continued her and her husband's support for the arts by creating an endowment
to preserve their home and its collection. Today, the Ford Estate is a house museum,
fulfilling Eleanor's wish that the property be used for "the benefit of the public.
Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, the former private residence of Henry and Clara Ford’s only child