Henry Ford Glass Factory
Visitors can see demonstrations, take part in making their own object, or simply watch while a guide talks the spectator through the process.
Greenfield Village’s Glass Factory had become too small and obsolete for this historic treasure’s expanding needs. Neumann/Smith was selected to design an addition, doubling the size, while sustaining the 19th century look of the building.
The interior of the existing building was completely exposed and renovated to create one large open area for the exhibit. Only the building’s foundation and brick were left unchanged. The existing brick and wood trusses were repaired and exposed.
The building has all new slate roofing, electrical and lighting, HVAC, windows, doors and security features, all which are concealed to help maintain the historic character. Back-of-house areas for storage, shipping and receiving of glass projects are also masked from public view.