The Ford House

Edsel & Eleanor Ford House tells the story of the home life of a prominent American family.

Outer Buildings

There are several auxiliary or "outer" buildings on the grounds of Edsel & Eleanor Ford House that were built in the same style as or one compatible to the main house. All of these buildings are open to the public as part of a house tour or grounds admission.

Pool House
The Pool House, also referred to as the "recreation house," is situated near the pool and contains a living room, kitchen, separate changing rooms for men and women and a squash court with a spectator's gallery. A tennis court located just outside the Pool House was eliminated after the children were married. This area was also used as a place where lawn games and activities could be enjoyed near the Pool House.

Play House
For the young visitor, the most fascinating building on the grounds is the charming Play House, a 2/3 scale Tudor-like house situated near the south edge of the Meadow. A gift from her grandmother Clara, it was built in 1930 for Josephine's seventh birthday. The house contains miniature furnishings in the kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and sitting room. Three sides of the second-story gable ends of the Play House are decorated in high-relief stucco with characters from well-known nursery rhymes, such as Old King Cole, The Cow that Jumper Over the Moon and Little Miss Muffet.

Power House
Fashioned in the Cotswold style, the cottage-like appearance of the Power House conceals its utilitarian purpose of providing power and heat. The main house and Power House are today still heated by two of the original boilers installed in 1927. A third boiler was used to heat the pool, but has not been used since Mrs. Ford's death in 1976. The Power House is connected to the main house by a 160-foot underground tunnel.

Gate Lodge
The Gate Lodge, a familiar landmark on Lake Shore Road, was created with the same Briar Hill sandstone exterior, leaded-glass windows and hand-split stone-shingled roof as the main house. The Gate Lodge contains two generous apartments that were once used for staff members and their families and a small apartment in the archway over the drive. This is also the sight of two popular exhibit spaces - The Garage and the South Cottage.