New Workshop Series: Learn from Fair Lane's Restoration Experts

Want to know what it takes to restore your favorite old house? Our new workshop series lets you come to Fair Lane to learn from the experts behind the restoration of Henry Ford’s century-old estate.

From fixing drafty old windows to chipping away and repairing crumbling plasters, our team of craftspeople will show you how they are applying their expertise to the Fair Lane estate. You will get hands-on lessons, as well as an opportunity to see the restoration work going on inside the house.

Space in each class is limited, and we ask that you register in advance online here. Cost is $45/person for each class. Classes will be from 1-4 p.m. at the Henry Ford Estate-Fair Lane, 1 Fair Lane Drive, in Dearborn.

For questions, reach out to Ann Loshaw, Vice President of Education and Visitor Experience, at 313-453-2049, or

You can purchase your tickets and view a full schedule below:

Saving Your Stonework


See how stonework at Fair Lane has been cleaned and restored and try your own hand at tuck pointing! Join us for a special, hands-on workshop and behind-the-scenes access as we restore the historic home of Clara and Henry Ford, Fair Lane, in Dearborn, Mich. See how the pros research, study and make the calls on what to do and how to do it! John Fletcher, President of National Restoration is a Journeyman in 5 masonry trades with more than 30 years of experience and is often a speaker at trade lectures. The Michigan Historical Museum sought out his expertise to create a historical masonry exhibit.

Perfect Paint and Plaster


Join us as our expert in painting and plastering shares the work he’s been doing at Fair Lane. Get a chance to learn about basic plaster repairs and paint techniques. Tony Kartsonas, owner of Historic Surfaces, is a professional with more than 20 years of experience and involvement with over 80 significant projects listed on the National register or as National Landmarks. An expert in consulting on projects involving the restoration and conservation of painted surfaces, wood finishes, plaster and murals, his skills include gilding, glazing, poly-chroming, stenciling, trompe l’oeil, faux marbleizing, Venetian plaster and wood finishing.

No Dust, No Fuss Wood Floor Finishing


Discover how to identify types of wood flooring and their suitability for an amazing Passive Refinishing® technique that doesn’t require any sanding! Michael Purser, owner of The Rosebud Company, first worked in older, urban neighborhoods. This exposure to working with floors that had reached a point where conventional sanding was not an option led him to think about refinishing in a different way. This has resulted in The Rosebud Company being called upon for the restoration of some of our nation’s most historic homes such as James and Dollie Madison’s Montpelier.

Make the Most of Your Metal

1-4 p.m. April 29, 2017


Learn how to correctly identify different types of metals in your home’s fixtures and how to clean and protect them. Henry Ford Estate’s own Mark Gervasi is a conservator with more than 34 years of experience working with and conserving historical objects. He will be joined by Tamsen Brown, Conservation Fellow with the Americana Foundation, received her Master’s degree in Conservation Studies from West Dean College in the United Kingdom as they both share their experiences and expertise working on Fair Lane.

Windows of Opportunity

1-4 p.m. May 20, 2017


See how the original wood windows of Fair Lane were completely removed, repaired, re-glazed and re-installed and get a chance to practice a few techniques. Sam Ruegsegger, Project Executive at the Christman Company, has been in the construction industry for 19 years and has worked on a variety of building projects, giving him a multifaceted understanding of the industry. Sam has a wide variety of project experience, including Chelsea Community Hospital Bed Replacement Program, General Services Administration Vance Federal Court Building Renovation, and Lansing Board of Water and Light REO Town Plant.