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Presentation drawing for "The Ford Empire" for Henry and Edsel Ford Auditorium

Conté crayon on board
28" x 20"

The Ford Empire relief was located in the Ford Auditorium constructed on the Detroit riverfront as the new home of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra during 1955-1956. Perhaps the most notable feature of the building's interior was the expansive, curvilinear lobby adorned with some of Marshall Fredericks' most…

Presentation drawing for "The Ford Empire" for Henry and Edsel Ford Auditorium

Conté crayon on board
27.75" x 20"

The Ford Empire relief was located in the Ford Auditorium constructed on the Detroit riverfront as the new home of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra during 1955-1956. Perhaps the most notable feature of the building's interior was the expansive, curvilinear lobby adorned with some of Marshall Fredericks' most…

Sketches of "The Ford Empire" for the Henry and Edsel Ford Auditorium

Graphite and ink on tracing paper
16.5" x 13.75"

The Ford Empire relief was located in the Ford Auditorium constructed on the Detroit riverfront as the new home of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra during 1955-1956. Perhaps the most notable feature of the building's interior was the expansive, curvilinear lobby adorned with some of Marshall…

Sketch of "The Ford Empire" for the Henry and Edsel Ford Auditorium

Graphite on tracing paper
11" x 13.75"

The Ford Empire relief was located in the Ford Auditorium constructed on the Detroit riverfront as the new home of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra during 1955-1956. Perhaps the most notable feature of the building's interior was the expansive, curvilinear lobby adorned with some of Marshall Fredericks' most…

Sketch for "Henry Ford Memorial"

Graphite on paper
7.75" x 7.25"

The idea to create a memorial honoring Henry Ford took root in 1948 when the Dearborn, Michigan Chamber of Commerce conducted a poll of Dearborn residents and learned that most of the populace favored such a proposal. The Dearborn Chamber of Commerce initiated a fundraising drive to finance a life-size…

Studies for "Childhood," "Formative Years," "The Ford Empire" and "Ford Cars" for the "Henry Ford Memorial"

Ink on paper mounted on board
10" x 8"

The idea to create a memorial honoring Henry Ford took root in 1948 when the Dearborn, Michigan Chamber of Commerce conducted a poll of Dearborn residents and learned that most of the populace favored such a proposal. The Dearborn Chamber of Commerce initiated a fundraising drive to finance a life-size…

The Ford Empire

THE FORD EMPIRE, 1954
Copper, brass, and aluminum on wood

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Marshall M. Fredericks
1991.082

This is the small scale model of The Ford Empire relief. It was located at the Ford Auditorium constructed on the Detroit reverifies during 1955-1956, as the new home of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. The building was an…

Marshall Fredericks and Dearborn Mayor John B. O'Reilly along with two other unidentified men poses with the "Henry Ford Memorial"

The idea to create a memorial honoring Henry Ford took root in 1948 when the Dearborn, Michigan Chamber of Commerce conducted a poll of Dearborn residents and learned that most of the populace favored such a proposal. The Dearborn Chamber of Commerce initiated a fundraising drive to finance a life-size full-length bronze of the auto magnate and…

An unidentified man and Marshall Fredericks place a wreath at the "Henry Ford Memorial'

The idea to create a memorial honoring Henry Ford took root in 1948 when the Dearborn, Michigan Chamber of Commerce conducted a poll of Dearborn residents and learned that most of the populace favored such a proposal. The Dearborn Chamber of Commerce initiated a fundraising drive to finance a life-size full-length bronze of the auto magnate and…

Marshall and Rosalind Fredericks pose with the "Henry Ford Memorial"

The idea to create a memorial honoring Henry Ford took root in 1948 when the Dearborn, Michigan Chamber of Commerce conducted a poll of Dearborn residents and learned that most of the populace favored such a proposal. The Dearborn Chamber of Commerce initiated a fundraising drive to finance a life-size full-length bronze of the auto magnate and…