Henry Ford built the Dearborn Inn in 1931 to accommodate overnight travelers arriving at the Ford Airport.
Located opposite the inn on Oakwood Boulevard, the airport opened in 1924. The 179-room inn, designed by Albert Kahn, was the world's first airport hotel. The Georgian-style structure features a crystal-chandeliered ballroom and high ceilings. Its rooms are decorated with reproductions of furniture and fabrics of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The guest quarters along Pilots Row originally were used by the airline's crews. The inn and adjacent colonial homes reflect Henry Ford's fondness for American history.