The new 40,000 square foot visitor center will be a two-story building in the location of the current visitor center, with space for enhancing the orientation, education and overall experience for Ford House visitors.
The new Visitor Center, and the new Administration Building, will aesthetically reflect the Cotswold style of the historic buildings, incorporating a slate roof, limestone exterior, copper gutters and other features inspired by the principles of the residential Cotswold architectural style, 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 Sir Walter Teague in the 1930s.
Visitor Center Highlights
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
Orientation space with a new audio-visual experience introducing visitors to the Ford Family story
A second floor program space with glass walls overlooking Ford Cove
- Expanded retail space with merchandise reflecting the art, architecture and landscape of the estate, as well as the special rotating exhibits
- Expansion of the popular Cotswold Café, which will have 50% more seating. 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 an expanded Cotswold Cafe include more seating, and views of Lake St. Clair.
Below: This view shows the placement of the new Visitor Center and the Administration Building.
Meeting the needs of the 21st Century Visitor