Designed by Architect Albert Kahn, this previous private residence of Edsel & Eleanor Ford is a work of art in itself. Construction began in 1926 and was completed in 1929. The Ford family moved into their new home for Christmas in 1929.

Many areas of this residence had shown deterioration, one primary location being the Lake Terrace. Chezcore, Inc. was contracted to completely restore the Terrace area and its surrounding stone walls. Working closely with the Owner’s representative, Architect Elizabeth Murphy of Chamber, Murphy, and Burge, the project began with the development of field drawings by Chezcore, Inc. showing the size and location of the existing Tayco sandstone pavers and the perimeter stone walls pattern. Over eight hundred-fifty stone pavers and perimeter wall stones were then removed, identified, and stored on site. The existing grade was cut down and new sandfill placed throughout, along with a new perimeter drain system, allowing for proper drainage. A new concrete sub-base was poured to accept the Terrace's paver stones. New concrete footings were placed for the reconstruction of the perimeter walls.

Upon completion of the concrete installation, new vertical stainless steel reinforcement rods were added into the top of the new concrete footing, every sixteen inches on center for added stability. The perimeter walls were reset with the original stone units into their original locations. The paver stones were also laid back in their original locations with fifteen replacement pavers required. Replacement pavers were hand cut, on site, from the Owner’s stone stock. Historically correct lime putty mortar was used throughout to produce a sound, aesthetically accurate finish.

The projected was completed ahead of schedule and to the Owner’s satisfaction!


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2000 Division Street · Detroit, Michigan 48207
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