A New Beginning for a National Historic Landmark
Summer 2013 marks the latest milestone in the history of Henry Ford Estate — Fair Lane. During the celebratory season of Henry Ford’s 150th birthday, ownership of the estate has transferred from the University of Michigan to a newly formed nonprofit that will restore, refurbish and reimagine this National Historic Landmark.
Fair Lane, located in Dearborn, Michigan, was the beloved family home of Clara and Henry Ford from 1915 until 1950. Upon Clara’s death, it was given to Ford Motor Company, and in 1957 Ford donated the estate and the farmlands to the University of Michigan for construction of the Dearborn campus. In 1966, it was among the first in the nation to receive the prestigious designation as a National Historic Landmark from the National Register of Historic Places.
A new 501c3 nonprofit, Henry Ford Estate, Inc., has been formed to bring the house and grounds to a new generation of visitors. The estate will undergo extensive restoration, and immersive experiences will be developed to bring the Fords’ world to life.
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