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Fair Lane Estate
1 Fair Lane Drive
Dearborn, Michigan 48128

OHS Database ID 62208.

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Status and Condition

The organ is in an unaltered state from its installation as described on this page.
The organ is in good condition and in regular use.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition January 14, 2020.

Technical Details

Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests.

Three manuals. 4 divisions. 17 stops. 35 registers. 17 ranks. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 32 notes.

Non-traditional style console.

Stop keys above top manual. Balanced swell shoes/pedals, standard AGO placement. Adjustable combination pistons. AGO Standard (concave radiating) pedalboard.


  • The contract was for a replica Estey console. (Jeff Scofield. April 12, 2018)
  • From Wikipedia: Fair Lane was the estate of Ford Motor Company founder Henry Ford and his wife, Clara Ford, in Dearborn, Michigan, in the United States. It was named after an area in Cork in Ireland where Ford's adoptive grandfather, Patrick Ahern, was born. The 1,300-acre (530 ha) estate along the River Rouge included a large limestone house, an electrical power plant on the dammed river, a greenhouse, a boathouse, riding stables, a children's playhouse, a treehouse and extensive landmark gardens designed by Chicago landscape architect Jens Jensen. The residence and part of the estate grounds are open to the public as a historical landscape and house museum and preserved as a National Historic Landmark. Part of the estate grounds are preserved as a university nature study area. Frank Lloyd Wright participated in the initial design. However, after Wright fled to Europe with his mistress Mamah Borthwick, one of his assistant architects, Marion Mahony Griffin (one of the first female architects in America) revised and completed the design according to her own interpretation of the Prairie Style. Henry Ford and his wife took a trip to Europe and on returning dismissed Griffin and used William H. Van Tine to add English Manor house details. In 1913 architect Joseph Nathaniel French was brought in to work on the final stages to complete the residence in 1915. The 31,000-square-foot (2,900 m2) house, with 56 rooms, was considered befitting but less grand than other great houses and mansions of the era in America. It included an indoor pool and bowling alley. The pool is now covered over and serves as an event and meeting space. It had housed a restaurant. The powerhouse had its cornerstone laid by Thomas Alva Edison and with hydropower not only powered the estate, but a part of the town of Dearborn as well. It included the estate's garage and on the upper level a laboratory where Ford worked on engine designs. The powerhouse is also built of limestone in the Prairie Style. The estate was donated to the University of Michigan in 1957[7] for a new Dearborn campus. The staff's former houses and a pony barn are used by the University of Michigan–Dearborn, including a child development center. The main house, powerhouse, garage and 72 acres (0.29 km2) of land were operated as a museum, while a restaurant occupied the former indoor swimming pool natatorium until the University closed Fair Lane to the public in 2010.[8] In 2013 the stewardship of the estate was transferred to the same non-profit group that operates the lakeside Edsel and Eleanor Ford House, with financial help from the Ford family. (Jeff Scofield. January 14, 2020)

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  • . Source: Stoplist courtesy of the Schantz Organ Co. via Chad Boorsma
         Dearborn, Michigan
         Fair Lane
         Henry and Clara Ford Residence
         Estey     Op. 1318   1914
         Schantz   Op. 2332   2018   3/17
          Schantz calls this a 'reimagining' of Estey Op. 1318
         GREAT                           SWELL
      8' Diapason            73 b    16' Violone             73 b
      8' Stopped Diapason    73 d     8' Diapason            GT
      8' Melodia             73 b     8' Stopped Diapason    GT
      8' Gemshorn            73 b     8' Melodia             GT
      8' Muted Viole         73 c     8' Gemshorn            GT
      8' Muted Viole Celeste 61 c     8' Muted Viole         GT
      4' Flute Harmonic      73 d     8' Muted Viole Celeste GT
      8' Cornopean           73 d     4' Flute Harmonic      GT
      8' Oboe                73 b     8' Cornopean           GT
      8' Clarinet            73       8' Oboe                GT
      8' Saxaphone [sic]     73 b     8' Clarinet            GT
         Tremolo                      8' Saxaphone [sic]     GT
         Harp             EC/SO          Tremolo
         Marimba          EC/SO
         Orchestral Bells EC/SO          ECHO/SOLO
         Cathedral Bells  EC/SO
                                      8' Tibia               73 a
         PEDAL                        8' Viol d'Orchestre    73 b
                                      8' Viol Celeste        61 b
     16' Open Diapason       12 GT    4' Orchestral Flute    73 c
     16' Bourdon           b 12 GT    8' Vox Humana          73 b
     16' Violone             SW          Tremolo
      8' Octave              GT          Harp                dg
      8' Stopped Diapason    GT          Marimba             dg
      8' Cello               SW          Orchestral Bells    dg
      8' Cornopean           GT          Chimes              20
      a  Op. 1425 (1916) Indianola Methodist Church, Columbus OH
      b  Op. 1552 (1917) R. E. Olds Residence, Grosse Isle, MI
      c  Op. 2335 (1925) 2nd Church of Christ, Cincinnati OH
      d  Op. 2579 (1927) Strand Theater, Westfield MA
         [Received from Jeff Scofield January 15, 2020]
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