1100 Lake Shore Road
Grosse Pointe Michigan 48236United States
This elaborate home and landscaped grounds, home to the Ford Motor Co. heir, offer a glimpse into how the rich once lived.
In the 1920s, Edsel Ford and his wife, Eleanor, designed this secluded estate so they could raise their children in peace and privacy. Edsel was the only child of Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Co., and clearly money was no object when it came to building his Cotswold-style home on the banks of Lake St. Clair. Only the best of everything would do-from the architects who designed the place to the antiques and furnishings that filled it to the priceless art that hung on its walls. The gardens and grounds by famed landscape architect Jens Jensen are works of art in and of themselves. The property is open to the public thanks to a trust established upon Eleanor's death in 1976. Visitors can take guided tours of the home as well as of the grounds and gardens. The purchase of a tour ticket is not required to lunch at the estate's Tea Room, and there are special seasonal events held all year long.