Preserve. Restore.

Chambers, Murphy and Burge’s involvement with preserving this National Historic Landmark property began with the restoration of Mr. Ford’s Field Room. A Cyclical Maintenance Plan was developed for the Manor House and five of the 12 other principal structures on the site.

Chambers, Murphy & Burge Restoration Architects assisted the University of Michigan with stabilization of the original Pony Barn and the new owner, Historic Ford Estates, with a due diligence report and conditions assessment for the site and structures utilizing TPAS® technology, before restoration and new construction projects can begin.

Fairlane – Home of Henry and Clara Ford

Fairlane – Home of Henry and Clara Ford


Located about two miles from where Mr. Ford was born, the private residence of automaker Henry Ford and his wife, Clara, is as unique as its occupants. During their residency, the 1,300‐acre estate included a working farm, a man‐made lake, extensive rose and peony gardens, a greenhouse, agricultural research facilities and a six‐level Power House. The home is constructed of rough‐hewn Ohio Marblehead limestone in the Tudor Revival/Scottish Baronial style combined with the modified progressive Prairie style.

In 1957, the mansion, the powerhouse and 210 acres of the estate were donated by the Ford Motor Company to the University of Michigan for the creation of the Dearborn campus. The Estate serves as a house museum and conference center for the University and has been open to the public since 1970. Its historic presence will be enhanced over the next decade as its new stewards, the Historic Ford Estates, embark on an ambitious restoration program.

Services Provided:

  • Document Existing Conditions
  • Preservation Planning
  • Building Conservation
  • Conservation Assessment Program
  • Cyclical Maintenance Plan
  • HABS/HAER/HALS Documentation
  • Restoration
  • Paint Analysis