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Henry Ford estate
 4901 Evergreen Road | Dearborn, MI 48128
  313.593.5590 | www.henryfordestate.org




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    The Henry Ford Estate, a National Historic Landmark on the campus of the University
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An Elegant Setting
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Henry Ford Estate

  1. 1. events Henry Ford estate 4901 Evergreen Road | Dearborn, MI 48128 313.593.5590 | www.henryfordestate.org Henry Ford Estate Cover & back cover photos © www.SpecialMomentsUSA.com
  2. 2. “ We Have BUILt a home In tHe country sInCe I saW yoU... and We love It very MUCH...” —Clara Ford, letter to a friend, 1919 © www.SpecialMomentsUSA.com
  3. 3. History The Henry Ford Estate, a National Historic Landmark on the campus of the University of Michigan - Dearborn, is the former home of automaker, Henry Ford, and his wife, Clara. The Fords lived at the estate from 1915 until their deaths in 1947 and 1950. The success of the Ford Motor Company brought a stream of uninvited callers to the doors of Henry and Clara Ford’s Edison Avenue Detroit mansion. Reporters, salesmen, and job seekers deprived the family of the privacy they desired. They soon wished to build a new home, one removed from the rapidly expanding city, where they could satisfy their love of nature, gardening, and bird-watching. The Fords chose their hometown of Dearborn, about two miles from the farm where Mr. Ford was born. The world-famous automaker had been buying property in the area for several years. So in February 1914, work began on what would be the couple’s final home. Reflecting the Ford’s love for nature, the residence was built with rough-hewn Ohio limestone to harmonize with the surrounding countryside. The goal was to make the house appear to be a natural part of the land. Designed by noted landscape architect, Jens Jensen, the grounds were transformed from farmland into a natural, native landscape. All photos on this spread © www.wallyspicephotography.com During Ford’s residency, the 1,300 acres of the Estate bustled auction of the home’s furnishings; other sales occurred to disperse with activity. In addition to the residence and its powerhouse, less valuable furnishings. In 1952, the Ford Motor Company the estate included a summer house, man-made lake, staff purchased the estate from the heirs and, after renovating parts cottages, gatehouse, pony barn, skating house, greenhouse, of the interior, established its corporate archives in the residence. root cellar, vegetable garden, thousand-plant peony garden, Ford Archives stayed until 1957, when the company donated ten-thousand plant rose garden, a “Santa’s Workshop” for the residence, powerhouse, 210 acres, and $6.5 million to the Christmas celebrations, maple sugar shack, working farm for University of Michigan for the creation of the Dearborn campus. the Ford grandchildren built to their scale, agricultural research facilities, and five hundred birdhouses to satisfy Mr. Ford’s The Henry Ford Estate, including 72 of the original 1,300 acres, interest in ornithology. was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1966. Public tours of the historic home were reintroduced in the 1970s. Since Henry Ford enjoyed the estate for over thirty years until his death then, a limited staff, generous contributors, and approximately in 1947. When Mrs. Ford died three years later, her grandchildren 250 volunteers successfully continue the process of rebuilding commissioned Parke-Bernet Galleries of New York to conduct an the estate and reviving its former splendor.
  4. 4. An Elegant Setting LIBrary The Library reflects many aspects of Mr. and Mrs. Ford’s lifestyle. Mrs. Ford enjoyed reading aloud to her husband from their collection that contained as many as 4,000 books. MUsIC rooM The Music Room was used for family gatherings and recitals. A magician might also perform in this room for the delight of family and friends. Mrs. Ford’s stUdy Mrs. Ford’s Study was originally designed to serve as a billiard room, with Edsel Ford’s entertainment in mind. However, Edsel lived at Fairlane less than a year before he and Eleanor Clay married. After 1920, the room served as Mrs. Ford’s study, her private office, and retreat. sUn porCH The Fords enjoyed the Sun Porch year-round, and it was considered to be their favorite room of the house. They had an excellent view of the landscaped riverbank and a glimpse of the cultivated gardens nearby. Additionally, they enjoyed watching various songbirds, wandering deer, and other wildlife. ForMaL dInInG rooM The Fords entertained guests of nobility and achievement in their Formal Dining Room. Mr. and Mrs. Ford enjoyed their meals at the small linen-covered table in the window overlooking the Blue Garden. pooL rooM Edsel’s 50-foot indoor swimming pool was equipped with a marble fountain at one end. The fireplace was at the opposite end near the two diving boards. When the grandchildren were invited to the residence for a day of wholesome exercise, Mrs. Ford would be seated on the observation deck that was positioned directly in front of the fireplace. GaraGe (poWerHoUse) The Ford’s 12-car Garage was located on the main floor of the Powerhouse. Some of the vehicles that still exist in the Garage today include Mr. Ford’s All photos on this spread © www.SpecialMomentsUSA.com personal 1920 Model T and 1929 Model A, as well as his 1942 V-8 Sedan, the car he rode in on the day he died. The Garage is a museum setting in itself Host your next event in the spacious rooms where the Fords entertained some of the world’s most influential – a unique location in which to host your next event. people, including Charles Lindbergh, the Duke of Windsor, and President Herbert Hoover. rooM BanqUet CapaCIt y dIMensIons Music Room 70 24’ x 47’ Mrs. Ford’s Study 40 24’ x 29’/13’ x 19’ Sun Porch 40 10’ x 30’ Formal Dining Room n/a 13’ x 25’/13’ x 19’ Library 8 10’ x 31’ Pool Dining Room 200 40’ x 70’ Main Level Tent 300
  5. 5. Capacity CereMonIes Weddings HoUrs Outdoor wedding ceremonies can be performed in the Rose Garden or on Daytime events may be scheduled between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and between 10:00 the Music Room Terrace, and can be set with up to 150 white folding chairs. a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Saturday. Evening events may be scheduled between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and midnight. Available evening Indoor ceremonies are held in the Music Room, and can be set with up to 100 event times vary slightly from weekday to weekend. Please contact your sales representative for specific times. Deliveries to the banquet chairs. estate for your event may begin two hours prior to the event rental/start time. A one-hour rehearsal prior to your event can be scheduled for a small fee (subject to availability), and can usually be confirmed one month prior to the event. LIqUor servICe Henry Ford Estate cannot sell alcoholic beverages, but will be happy to provide bartenders to serve alcoholic beverages In the event of inclement weather, a planned outdoor ceremony can be moved provided by the client. Alcoholic beverages can only be served in conjunction with food. In order to provide for the safety of indoors to the Music Room. The custodial staff needs at least a one-hour your guests, as well as to limit both your liability and ours, all persons must be at least 21 years of age, and be able to provide notice to set the seating for an indoor ceremony. A standing ceremony can proper identification to be served alcoholic beverages. Additionally, our bartenders are instructed not to serve alcohol to any be arranged should it become necessary to move indoors with less than a person that is visibly intoxicated. one-hour notice. reCeptIons Weekend days: Either the Music Room or the Pool Dining Room can be booked for Saturday morning events and can accommodate parties of up to 120 guests for a served meal, 112 for a buffet, and 150 for a standing hors d’oeuvres reception. Weekend evenings: We can accommodate parties of up to 200-seated guests, and up to 300 for a standing hors d’oeuvres reception. The available size of the head table will depend on the guest count. Please note that any event with a guest count exceeding 250 requires the tenting of the Music Room Terrace. Assigned seating is required for groups of 64 or larger. Food servICe Our executive chef and entire culinary staff stand ready to prepare a variety of savory dishes, presented in a style worthy of the historical atmosphere in which they are served. Whether your preference is for traditional favorites, one of our award-winning signature dishes, or something slightly more exotic, our executive chef is available for a tasting and to consult with you regarding every detail of the cuisine for your event. One menu and entrée must be selected for all guests, although limited dietary substitutions can be honored with sufficient advance notice. Henry Ford Estate must provide all food served with the exception of special occasion/wedding cakes. It is the policy of the Henry Ford Estate that all food prepared for an event must be consumed on the premises. In order to ensure availability of only the finest ingredients and the preparation of food to the high standard we have established, we must have menu selections made three weeks prior to your event. There may be limited availability for menu selections made in less than the specified time frame. toUrs As a further complement to your special day, historic interpretive tours may be arranged in advance for group functions at an additional charge. Unescorted guests are not allowed on either the upper or lower levels of the estate. Please contact your sales representative for further details or to schedule tours. GIFt sHop The Estate Gift Shop is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sunday 2:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Arrangements can be made through the Catering Events office to have the Gift Shop open during your event. Unique guest gifts or favors are also available through the Gift Shop. For further information, please contact the Gift Shop directly. All photos on this spread © www.SpecialMomentsUSA.com
  6. 6. © www.wallyspicephotography.com © www.wallyspicephotography.com Corporate Events Whether it is a meeting, banquet, or social gathering, the Henry Ford Estate allows you to offer your guests a radical departure from the usual corporate Your sales representative can provide you with floor plans showing table placement in rooms used for dining. Various sizes of round and rectangular fare. The mansion provides a unique venue and historic atmosphere as a tables together with banquet chairs are available for the comfort of your backdrop for your corporate functions. You can host your event in the same guests. Standard dining table accessories provided at no charge include rooms that Henry Ford hosted captains of industry, as well as some of the white china, clear glassware, stainless steel flatware, and white linens. greatest minds and most significant figures of the 20th century. Additional special request food service items are available for a fee. Daytime events may be scheduled between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 A full complement of stages, podiums, lecterns, and A/V equipment are p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Evening events may be scheduled between available for rental. In addition, a classic Model T can be made available at the hours of 6:00 p.m. and midnight. Available evening event times vary your event for a fee. This iconic symbol of the American industrial revolution slightly from weekday to weekend. Please contact your sales representative can either be displayed as a conversation piece, or can be utilized to give for specific times. your attendees short rides on the grounds. One entrée must be selected for all guests, although limited dietary To enhance your event, we have historic interpretive tours that may be substitutions can be honored with sufficient advance notice. Henry Ford arranged in advance for group functions at an additional charge. Unescorted Estate must provide all food served. It is the policy of the Henry Ford Estate guests are not allowed on either upper or lower levels of the Estate. Please that all food prepared for an event be consumed on the premises. Henry contact your sales representative for further details. Unique guest gifts or Ford Estate is happy to provide the assistance of our on-site executive chef favors are available through the Henry Ford Estate Gift Shop. Arrangements to custom design the menu for your special event. can also be made to have the Estate Gift Shop open during your event. 10 11
  7. 7. Preferred Professionals Henry Ford Estate strongly encourages utilization of the following professionals for your upcoming event. Superior in their field, these industry experts have been hand-selected to complement and enhance your occasion. ACCESSORIES GIFT BASKETS PARKING SERVICES (CONT’D.) Finest Invitations Merchant’s Fine Wine Universal Parking 734.658.7288 313.563.8700 866.878.2538 www.finestinvitations.com www.merchantsfinewine.com www.universalvalet.com Advertisement on page 19 Advertisement on page 16 Advertisement on page 18 ACCOMMODATIONS LIGHTING PHOTOGRAPHY Hyatt Regency Dearborn Celebrity Sound Lighting AAVA Photography Videography 313.593.1234 734.789.1220 248.544.8885 www.dearborn.hyatt.com www.celebsound.com www.aavastudios.com Advertisement on page 19 Advertisement on page 16 Advertisement on page 14 The Ritz Carlton Dearborn LIQUOR BEVERAGES Sam Sarkis Photography 313.441.2000 Merchant’s Fine Wine 248.538.9411 www.ritzcarlton.com 313.563.8700 www.samsarkisphotography.com Advertisement on page 15 www.merchantsfinewine.com Advertisement on page 17 Advertisement on page 16 CAKES DESSERTS Special Moments Photography All photos on this spread © www.SpecialMomentsUSA.com Iversen’s Bakery 734.453.4321 MUSIC • DJS www.specialmomentsusa.com 313.563.5161 Celebrity Sound Lighting www.iversensbakery.com Advertisement on page 16 734.789.1220 Advertisement on page 19 www.celebsound.com Wally Spice Photography Advertisement on page 16 248.547.9380 EVENT DECOR DESIGN www.wallyspicephotography.com Emerald City Designs, LLC Mike Staff Productions Advertisement on page 19 248.474.7077 248.547.6935 www.emeraldcitydesigns.com www.mikestaff.com Advertisement on page 16 Advertisement on page 15 STATIONERY INVITATIONS AAVA Photography Videography An Ultimate Sound 248.544.8885 EVENT PLANNING Special Considerations 734.459.8019 www.aavastudios.com Emerald City Designs, LLC Advertisement on page 14 248.474.7077 www.anultimatesound.com www.emeraldcitydesigns.com Advertisement on page 19 Finest Invitations Advertisement on page 16 734.658.7288 OFFICIANTS www.finestinvitations.com FLORISTS LoveLines Weddings, Inc. Advertisement on page 19 Due to the unique nature of the facility as a national historic Emerald City Designs, LLC 313.680.3071 landmark, every effort is made to preserve the building in its 248.474.7077 www.lovelinesweddings.com Advertisement on page 17 VIDEOGRAPHY original condition. Therefore, the Henry Ford Estate is neither fully www.emeraldcitydesigns.com AAVA Photography Videography air-conditioned nor handicap accessible. Advertisement on page 16 The Wedding Connection 248.544.8885 800.696.0380 www.aavastudios.com Our visitors can help us to protect the historic beauty of the mansion Ken Baron’s Florist and Gifts Advertisement on page 14 313.565.0420 www.theweddingconnection.net and its grounds by adhering to the following standards: Advertisement on page 19 www.kenbaronsflorist.com Mike Staff Productions • For the safety of this historic building and the comfort of your Advertisement on page 17 248.547.6935 non-smoking guests, the Henry Ford Estate is a smoke-free PARKING SERVICES www.mikestaff.com Ray Hunter Florist Garden A-1 Valet, Inc. Advertisement on page 15 environment. Designated smoking areas are available outdoors. 734.284.2500 313.802.7275 • We ask that you please respect the boundaries imposed by the www.rayhunter.com www.a1valet.com Advertisement on page 18 Advertisement on page 17 WEDDING RESOURCE museum roping. Elegala • The client is fully responsible for any damage done to the www.elegala.com premises during an event, including any damage done by any Advertisement on page 18 independent contractors hired by the client. This brochure was produced by Hawthorn Publications–developers of powerful print and online media packages for the catering and event industry. No portion may be Thank you for your consideration. Your cooperation with the above reproduced or distributed without written permission. www.hawthornpublications.com © 2008 policies will help to preserve the beauty of the Henry Ford Estate for future guests to enjoy. 12 1
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