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National Historic Landmark plaque added to the new buildings

In 2016, Ford House was honored to earn the prestigious designation of National Historic Landmark. The designation recognizes the properties as places that possess exceptional value and quality in illustrating or interpreting the heritage of the United States. Ford House was honored in recognition of the design work of landscape architect Jens Jensen, in collaboration with the vision of Edsel Ford, architect Albert Kahn and interior designs by Walter Dorwin Teague.

The plaque recognizing this honor has been installed in a prominent spot near the entrance of our new Visitor Center.

The National Historic Landmarks Program recognizes historic properties of exceptional value to the nation and promotes the preservation efforts of federal, state and local agencies and Native American tribes, as well as those of private organizations and individuals.

Ford House, historically known as Gaukler Pointe, was honored as a leading example of the mature work of landscape architect Jensen, a foremost proponent and practitioner of the Prairie Style of landscape design. The estate was Jensen’s largest private commission and represents a fruitful collaboration between Jensen, Edsel Ford, and architect Albert Kahn. Interior remodeling of the house by renowned industrial designer and Ford collaborator Walter Dorwin Teague in the 1930s further illustrates the Fords’ interest in modern design.

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