Photographer's Note

The centerpiece of the Henry Ford Estate is the 32.000 square foot mansion. This is the back view of the mansion which is the side that faces the Rouge River.

The design of this building is very peculiar. The original architect was Marion Mahoney Griffin who adhered to the styles of Frank Lloyd Wright. So originally a Prairie style home was planned. However, disagreements arose during construction leading to the dismissal of Griffin. William H. Van Tine replaced Griffin and finished it in an English or Scottish Baronial style. So it comes off as an odd mixture of the two styles.

Cost overruns may have been part of the reason for a change. Originally Ford wanted a modest home of no more than a quarter million dollars. It ended up costing nearly 2 million. A good amount by 1914 standards. All from selling Model T's for about 400 dollars each.

Ford had wanted something that would like a natural part of the landscape. Something the Prairie style did. But instead this awkward mixture of styles resulted. Perhaps his powerhouse shows a better mixture of nature and architecture.

In this view can be seen the turret. On the bottom floor is a recreation type room in a rustic, cabin-like, style. On the middle floor is the end of the dining room. And on the top floor is a small summer bedroom extending off the main bedroom. A nice place to sleep on hot nights.

I just adjusted contrast slightly in post processing before resizing and sharpening. Everything else was untouched.

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Additional Photos by Paul Mastrogiacomo (pamastro) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2680 W: 165 N: 2694] (7290)
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