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Bloomfield Blossoms: p. 142-143
Smith, Kay, 1925-

Bloomfield Township Public Library

Edsel Ford House (Bloomfield Township, Mich.)

Dwellings -- Michigan -- Bloomfield Township


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THE EDSEL FORD HOUSE ON WING LAKE ROAD On a promontory overlooking Wing Lake stands an unique house in Bloomfield. It's a French manor house on the order of the Petit Trainon at Versailles, with long French windows, balustrades and a low roofline. It was built by Frank Book in the Twenties and in 1930 Edsel Ford bought the house and land. He owned it only a few years and apparantly never lived there, but the name "The Edsel Ford House" sticks, possibly because of the painted mural which circles the entire interior perimeter of the salon. It depicts the first transcontinental tour in a Model T. The house has sixteen rooms, with floors of hand-pegged planks. Just above the mural in the high-ceilinged main salon are hand-carved, hand-rubbed beams, with the same motif repeated in the oblong dining room with its hand- painted ceiling done in soft, muted colors. A gold fountain greets the visitor in the entry which is tiled in Italian terrazzo. It's one of many interesting houses, both in terms of history and architecture, on Wing Lake Road.

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