Historic Markers Across Florida



Inside the Ford Home



Marker ID:  
Location: 2350 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers, FL
County: Lee
Coordinates: N 26° 38.067    W 081° 52.804
  26.63445    -81.88006666
Style: Interpretative Sign **
Waymark: None
 



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Inside the Ford Home



The Henry Ford Home was built in 1911 and is an example of the “American Bungalow” architectural style. From the exterior one sees the characteristics of cedar-shingle siding, wide covered porches, gabled metal roof, and dormers with decorative beams, and sturdy porch columns. Interior finishes included the cypress ceiling beams and yellow pine moldings, built in benches and window seat, as well as cabinet and shelf storage.



Although most of the furnishings on display are not original, records indicate they are in the style of the Ford residences. The grandmother clock in the living room is understood to be original to the Ford Home in Fort Myers.



In the late 1920’s Ford added two bedrooms and bath suites to the first floor as wings to the original building. These areas were necessary space for guests and staff such as Ford’s secretary, Frank Campsall, who accompanied him during several trips. On the second floor were bedrooms for the Fords, son Edsel, a study, indoor bathroom and a wonderful sleeping porch.


A picture of this marker can be found on HMDB.org


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More information:
Edison & Ford Winter Estates
Thomas Edison - Thomas Edison
Wikipedia - Thomas Edison
History.com - Henry Ford
Wikipedia - Henry Ford