The Ford House

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

Green Initiatives

Ford House 2015 Green Projects and Initiatives from Edsel and Eleanor Ford House on Vimeo.


In 2015, the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House took the first steps towards a comprehensive plan to restore, reconstruct, and rehabilitate the estate to when it was occupied by Edsel and Eleanor Ford and their family.

“The landscape of this magnificent estate has matured at the same time that the infrastructure has aged. As we plan for the future, we are taking this opportunity to replace aging systems with state-of-the-art, more efficient, systems, and to restore the landscape to the period when Eleanor and Edsel called the estate hom,” says Kathleen Mullins, president and CEO of the Ford House. 

Projects included:

Bird Island bridge: A new bridge was also built to connect Bird Island to the mainland after opening a channel between Lake St. Clair and Ford Cove. Read about it here.

Better storm-water management: A new system helps to naturally filter and clean the water before it enters Lake St. Clair and Ford Cove. Read about it here.

Site and systems upgrades: New electrical, irrigation and berm systems will help make the estate greener and more efficient, protecting it for the future.

Many of the projects will make the Ford House more eco-friendly and better stewards to the historic estate and the natural environment.


“There is a legacy of being environmentally concerned in the Ford family, starting with Clara and Henry and continuing with today’s family members. With the work we are undertaking at Ford House, we are continuing their legacy, while at the same time, setting an example for solid, sustainable management of historic estates,” Mullins says.