Landscape Architecture Drawing for Fair Lane, "Sections and Elevations of Dam, Henry Ford Estate," 1913-1915

Summary

Henry Ford planned to tap the power of the Rouge River that ran through his Dearborn, Michigan estate. A concrete, industrial-looking dam, however, would destroy the natural setting that he and his wife, Clara, desired. Jen Jensen, the landscape architect the couple hired to design the grounds, provided the solution. He camouflaged the dam as a section of natural rapids.

Henry Ford planned to tap the power of the Rouge River that ran through his Dearborn, Michigan estate. A concrete, industrial-looking dam, however, would destroy the natural setting that he and his wife, Clara, desired. Jen Jensen, the landscape architect the couple hired to design the grounds, provided the solution. He camouflaged the dam as a section of natural rapids.

Artifact

Blueline print

Date Made

1913-1915

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

64.167.797.2.9

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
Dark green

Dimensions

Height: 15 in

Width: 26 in

Height: 24.5 in  (Overall)

Width: 26.25 in  (Overall)

Inscriptions

Embossed on lower spine in gold: 9

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