Construction begins on two new buildings at Ford house

Grosse Pointe Shores – Edsel Ford II, great-grandson of auto pioneer Henry Ford, has fond memories of visiting his grandmother, Eleanor Ford, Ford’s daughter-in-law, at her home on Gaukler Pointe in Grosse Pointe Shores. The family often gathered at the house at Christmas and he remembers stopping at her home on Jefferson Avenue for dinner. “She was just one of those people who was very warm and welcoming,” said Ford II. No wonder why Ford II, who now chairs the board which oversees her home, the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House, believes his grandmother would be happy about plans to build two new buildings on the estate. Construction officially started Tuesday on a new visitors center and administration building with a ceremonial ground-breaking ceremony for the project, which represents the biggest new construction at the estate since the main house was built in the 1920s. “Today our grandparents are looking down on this groundbreaking, smiling,” Ford II said during a brief ceremony with shovels, hard hats and a large pile of dirt as local officials, staff and relatives including Martha Ford and Benson Ford looked on. “So many memories were made here and they wanted others to make memories.” The new buildings – a 40,000-square-foot visitors center and a 17,000-square-foot administration building – will take advantage of the 87-acre estate’s frontage along Lake St. Clair, offering views of Ford Cove and Bird Island. Once the buildings are completed, which should be by spring 2019, visitors will be able to take in… [Read full story]

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