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Preserving Fair Lane — An Iconic American Estate

 
 
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Inscription.
A Home for the Ages
William Van Tine was the architect of record for the design and construction of Clara and Henry Ford's 15th and final residence, Fair Lane. Earlier designs were completed by Von Holst and Fyfe of Chicago, IL and their representative, Marion Mahoney, who laid the foundation of the Main Residence. The home is 31,770 square feet, not including the Powerhouse, and has 56 rooms. Although originally 1,242 acres, the estate today retains 17 acres of gardens and grounds designed by landscape architect, Jen Jensen.

When completed in 1916, the home featured modern amenities and some of the greatest technological advancements of its time. Structurally, the home was built to last generations. Even so, years of use and the forces of nature have taken their toll.

The Power of Water
Although water played an important role in the original siting of the estate, it has become the estate's worst enemy. Many of the current issues that must be addressed to preserve the buildings and their interiors for future generations have been caused by water infiltration. Original water drainage lines have been inspected for integrity, cleaned and when necessary replaced to ensure proper performance.

The roof of the Main Residence was replaced in the 1990s but the integrity of the
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flatroofs were compromised. A challenge facing the project was the lack of historic documentation showing original tiling. Through historic photographs and consultation with historic tiling experts, a new roofing system with monitoring equipment is being installed.

Restoration in Action
In 2014 Quinn Evans Architects, SmithGroupJJR and Henry Ford Estate staff conducted research and developed plans to restore aspects of the Main Residence that would improve the visitor experience and provide protection from water damage. Major components include: Work started in early 2015 and is scheduled to be concluded by the end of 2015.
 
Erected by Henry Ford Estate.
 
Location. 42° 18.853′ N, 83° 13.944′ W. Marker is in Dearborn, Michigan, in Wayne County. Marker is on Fair Lane Drive 0.3 miles west of Evergreen Road, on the left when traveling
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north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Dearborn MI 48128, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. From Farmland to Great Estate (a few steps from this marker); Fair Lane (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Preserving Fair Lane — An Iconic American Estate (within shouting distance of this marker); On the River (within shouting distance of this marker); A Trail Garden (within shouting distance of this marker); From State Fair to Fair Lane/Peony Garden (within shouting distance of this marker); The Path of the Setting Sun (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Rock Garden Masterpiece (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Dearborn.
 
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Closeup of pictures at lower right.
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 123 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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