The Ford House

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

Expansion Project

Ford House is building a new state-of-the-art Visitor Center and Administration Building. This is the first major alteration to the estate in 25 years, and the largest new construction since the home was built in 1928.

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.

Read more about the new buildings here:


  • 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 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.

Ground broke on the project on Nov. 14, 2017. The completion date for the new facilities has moved due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A new opening date for the new Visitor Center and Administration Building has not been anounced.