Landscape Architecture Drawing, "Plan of the Water System Area around House, Garage, and Vegetable Garden, Henry Ford Estate," May 1915

Summary

Henry and Clara Ford hired landscape architect Jens Jensen to design the grounds surrounding Fair Lane -- the Fords' 1300-acre Rouge River estate. Jensen envisioned naturalistic meadows, gardens, orchards, grottoes, and wandering paths for the nature-loving couple to enjoy. This drawing shows the proposed plans for the area around the Fords' 56-room mansion.

Henry and Clara Ford hired landscape architect Jens Jensen to design the grounds surrounding Fair Lane -- the Fords' 1300-acre Rouge River estate. Jensen envisioned naturalistic meadows, gardens, orchards, grottoes, and wandering paths for the nature-loving couple to enjoy. This drawing shows the proposed plans for the area around the Fords' 56-room mansion.

Artifact

Blueline print

Date Made

May 1915

Subject Date

May 1915

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

64.167.797.2.6

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)
Linen (Material)

Technique

Blueprint process

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)
Blue

Dimensions

Height: 25 in  (Book: 11.625")

Width: 38 in  (Book: 8.75")

Height: 25 in  (Overall)

Width: 47.25 in  (Overall)

Inscriptions

Text lettered at bottom of the drawing reads: PLAN OF THE WATER SYSTEM / AREA AROUND HOUSE--GARAGE--AND VEGETABLE GARDEN / HENRY FORD ESTATE / DEARBORN MICHIGAN / Scale 1 in = 30 ft May 1915 / [signed] Jens Jensen Embossed on lower spine in gold: 6

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