Meeting the needs of the 21st century visitor
The new, 40,000-square-foot visitor center will have space for enhancing the orientation, education and overall experience for Ford House visitors.
The new Visitor Center will aesthetically reflect the Cotswold style architecture of the historic buildings, incorporating a slate roof, limestone exterior, copper gutters and other features inspired by the principles of the main residence. In addition, the interiors will draw inspiration from the sleek, rich, contemporary feel of the modern rooms in the Fords' home, which were designed by Walter Teague in the 1930s.
A unique welcoming lobby allowing guests an easy connection to Ford House activities.
A dedicated education wing with two multi-functional classrooms and outdoor classroom space.
Exhibition space specifically for traveling and changing exhibits
A new exhibition gallery telling the Ford Family story.
A new event space with glass walls overlooking Ford Cove, available for private and corporate rentals.
- Expanded retail space with merchandise reflecting the art, architecture, and landscape of the estate, as well as the special rotating exhibits.
- A brand new expanded restaurant, The Continental. With additional outdoor seating, it will be one of only a handful of dining locations in the area with views of Lake St. Clair.
Above: The plans for a new restaurant will include more seating and views of Ford Cove.
Below: This view shows the placement of the new Visitor Center and the Administration Building.