Henry Ford innovated the American automobile and the assembly line, but few know that Ford also applied his ingenuity to creating his ideal of a modern hotel. That vision, combined with a touch of grandeur, became the Dearborn Inn. Designed by noted architect Albert Kahn, with meticulous oversight by Henry Ford and his son Edsel, the inn opened in 1931 in Dearborn, Michigan. The famous landmark, with the charming appointments of a New England inn, originally accommodated pilots and passengers from the Ford Airport as well as visitors to Dearborn. Designated as both a national and Michigan state historic site, the Georgian-style Dearborn Inn includes five historic cottages replicating homes of famous Americans. As renovations have brought updates to the facility, great care has been taken to preserve the original character and integrity Ford envisioned. Follow the exciting journey from vacant land to airport hotel to world-class inn that still offers today’s visitors charming and hospitable lodgings as well as outstanding, memorable meals.
About the Author
Jennifer Czerwick Ganem, a writer and marketing professional, collects Dearborn Inn memorabilia as an extension of her interest in Ford history. She shares a remarkable glimpse into this fascinating chapter of the Ford story.