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The Edsel and Eleanor Ford House is a mansion at 1100 Lake Shore Drive in Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan, northeast of Detroit. It stands on a spot called “Gaukler Point,” which is on the shore of Lake St. Clair. In 1928, Edsel and Eleanor Ford moved into the house with their two children. Edsel Ford was Henry Ford’s son, and he worked as a manager at Ford Motor Company. Albert Kahn, a famous architect, made the plans for the buildings on the estate, and Jens Jensen, a well-known landscape designer, made the plans for the grounds and gardens.  In 1979, the property was added to the National Register of Historic Places, and in 2016, it was named a National Historic Landmark. This house is where Edsel Ford died in 1943, and his wife Eleanor Ford lived there until she died in 1976. She wanted the land to be used for “the good of the public.” The Edsel and Eleanor Ford House can be toured with a guide. The 20,000-square-foot (1,858 m2) house sits on 87 acres (350,000 m2) at 1100 Lake Shore Road in Grosse Pointe Shores. It has a great collection of original antiques and art and beautiful lakefront grounds. The property has 3,100 feet of Lake St. Clair frontage, which includes the frontage on Ford’s Cove (985 m). At the moment, special events, classes, and lectures are held in the house. The estate is on the list of historic places in the United States.
In the past few years, several restoration projects have been started. Most of these projects were meant to fix the crumbling stonework on the main house, the playhouse, and the different walks. The house of Edsel Ford is being fixed up with the help of donations and a trust that Mrs. Ford set up. When Mrs. Ford gave the house to a trust in the 1970s, she left $15 million behind. The fund was worth $98 million in 2007.
The house has had several large-scale restoration projects, such as a new roof put on by a company from England with the help of five professional masons. The roof was taken apart all the way to the base wood, which was then all replaced where it was needed. The stone was chosen to match the stone that was already there. It came from the same quarry as the original stone.
Craftsmen with proven experience in their fields do the work on the restoration projects. The foundation chooses bidders for projects based on their past experience, their portfolios, and whether or not they can provide near-original or original materials over price. This is done to make sure that the estate is rebuilt according to the original plans.
When we are in Grosse Pointe we like to go to Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe.