Ford Homes Historic District, Detroit

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    Home Town of Henry Ford

    by pedersdottir Updated Aug 10, 2004

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    Detroit may be the Motor City but Henry Ford's home town is DEARBORN, Michigan.

    The Henry Ford farmstead and his birthplace were here (subsequently removed to the confines of Greenfield Village). His estate home of Fair Lane is a short distance west of Ford Motor Company's World Headquarters, which stands proudly at Michigan Ave. near Greenfield Rd.

    It is in Dearborn, too, that Henry Ford launched a building project to house workers at his nearby tractor plant. In an area south of Michigan Ave. and bounded by Military and Monroe Streets, Ford brought the assemblyline techniques used in his factories to the construction trade. Beginning in 1919, over 150 homes were built to original and unique designs.

    Today the Ford Homes Historic District maintains a distinctive flavor that it proudly shares through House Walks and neighborhood fests. Visitors to the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village area can easily make a brief sidetrip through the Ford Homes Historic District.

    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Architecture

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