Landscape Architecture Drawing for Fair Lane, "Plans for Bird Pool," August 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. Knowing that the Fords were avid birdwatchers, Jensen drew up this plan for a bird pool.

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. Knowing that the Fords were avid birdwatchers, Jensen drew up this plan for a bird pool.

Artifact

Blueline print

Subject Date

August 1915

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

64.167.797.2.11

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: 13.75 in

Width: 18.5 in

Height: 14 in  (Overall)

Width: 28 in  (Overall)

Inscriptions

Embossed on lower spine in gold: 11

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