Dearborn in Wayne County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Planning for People
in the Ford Homes Historic Neighborhood
This distinctive neighborhood was born in 1919 and 1920.
In those years, Henry Ford built 156 homes for sale to his Dearborn Fordson Tractor Plant employees. The two-story, three- and four-bedroom homes were built with the most current materials and designs, and they cost between $8,750-$9,550. Henry, Clara and Edsel Ford financed the houses through Dearborn Realty and Construction Company. The homes, along Park, Nona, Beech, Military, Francis, Edison, Gregory and Olmstead streets, were within walking distance of the tractor plant.
"We are seeking to serve only those people who want a good home, who expect to pay for one, and who will appreciate one after they get one."
E. G. Liebold, President
Dearborn Realty and Construction Company
You Auto Know
Henry Ford employed standardized building methods such as mass purchasing of materials and specialized crews, much as he had at the Rouge Plant, to build homes for his employees, selling them at cost.
Erected by MotorCities National Heritage Area, National Park Service.
Topics and series. Architecture • Industry & Commerce • Roads & Vehicles • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the MotorCities National Heritage Area series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1919.
Location. 42° 18.101′ N, 83° 15.266′ W. Marker is in Dearborn, Michigan, in Wayne County. Marker is at the intersection of Park Street and Haigh Street, on the right when traveling west on Park Street. Marker is in a pocket park at the north end of Haigh Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 27700 Park Street, Dearborn MI 48124, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Henry Ford's Brother, William Ford, had this house built... (approx. 0.3 miles away); Rhythm of Radio (approx. 0.4 miles away); Charles A. Kandt House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Business Pioneers (approx. 0.4 miles away); St. Joseph's Retreat (approx. 0.4 miles away); Rouge River Water Quality Improvements (approx. half a mile away); Bryant Branch LibraryWestward Welcome (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dearborn.
Also see . . .
1. Dearborn Ford Homes Historic District takes you back. The Detroit News article from 2015 (Submitted on July 19, 2018, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
2. Henry Ford Homes Historic District. Article from 2012 on Detroit: The History and Future of the Motor City website. (Submitted on July 19, 2018, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
3. Ford Homes of Dearborn, Michigan. Article from December 2011 in Old House Online. (Submitted on July 19, 2018, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 9, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 19, 2018, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 102 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on July 19, 2018, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.