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PF-50010-10Preservation and Access: Sustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsRegents of the University of MichiganHenry Ford Estate Powerhouse Heating System Replacement7/1/2010 - 6/30/2011$350,000.00Larry Hicks   Regents of the University of MichiganAnn ArborMI48109-1382USA2010Museum Studies or Historical PreservationSustaining Cultural Heritage CollectionsPreservation and Access35000003500000

An implementation project to install a new heating system and other improvements to help preserve the collections housed in the Power House facility at the Henry Ford Estate-Fair Lane, home of American industrialist Henry Ford and his family.

The activities of this project are part of a long-term effort to provide suitable collection environments at The Henry Ford Estate-Fair Lane, a National Historic Landmark. The Power House was, to Ford, the center and heart of the Estate. Uniquely, it housed a a water-powered electrical plant, sophisticated mechanical systems for the entire Estate, a working garage, and a private research lab (now used as Archives). This project will focus on reducing adverse winter conditions in the Power House collection environment by replacing the outdated, deteriorated, and dangerous steam-heating system, and equipping the many large windows with UV filters. This work will preserve and sustain the Power House collections by 1) eliminating detrimental temperature and humidity spikes caused by the current system's frequent malfunctions, 2) remove the annual risk of direct water damage from steam leaks, and 3) substantially reduce potential harm from UV light.