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Inside the Project

Take this virtual tour to explore the work going on inside Fair Lane, Home of Clara & Henry Ford. Just click inside a room to get an up close look and learn about some of the projects going on inside.

Our team of artisans, conservators, historians and craftspeople are working to bring Fair Lane back to the look and feel of 1919, the time when the Fords had started to settle in to their new home.

We had to tackle some major structural and system repairs before interior work could start, including shoring up the riverbank, addressing foundational damage, fixing stonework and repairing leaky flat-tiled roofs.

Now, our attention has turned to inside Fair Lane. Our team is restoring existing finishes and recreate the furnishings, textiles and objects that adorned the rooms when Henry and Clara lived there.

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Project Updates

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After more than 100 years of standing guard in front of Fair Lane, the porte-cochere and entryway are getting some much needed TLC.

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Our Fair Lane restoration team recently got a peek at a new rug, which they had custom designed and produced for Clara and Henry Ford’s library.

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The Music Room at Fair Lane has undergone an incredible amount of work, including hours of painstaking labor to remove the paint from the wood paneled walls.

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As we start to work on the kitchen our staff has made some exciting discoveries, including the original tile and linoleum.

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From new metallic leafing on the ceiling to restored stairways and paint treatments, the Main Hall at Fair Lane has been transformed.

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With the help of Merry Go Round Glass, Fair Lane is finding ways to bring historic windows back to their original splendor using modern techniques and old-fashioned wisdom.

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Removing six decades of putty-colored paint from the Music Room's wood walls and trim to expose the original walnut takes hours, hours, and hours of patience and skill.

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​The installation of the recreated Sun Porch rug instantly transformed the room from staid to stunning. The Fair Lane team relied on heavy research, historic photos and documents, and the experts at Hagopian to bring the imperial blue and yellow stunner back to life.

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The goal was to give new generations the same view that the Fords enjoyed: An unencumbered vision of the wildlife, native plants and flowing River Rouge.

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