The Glass House will be featured on the auto maker’s navigation-system maps beginning in model-year ’12.
A 3-D representation ofworld headquarters in suburbran Detroit “has already been added” to nav-system supplier TomTom’s database, from which content-integrator TeleNav devises the auto maker’s in-vehicle systems, Ford spokesman Alan Hall tells Ward’s.
The news comes less than 24 hours after Ward’s reports the MyFord Touch navigation system in the ’12Focus features a representation of ’ headquarters in downtown Detroit, but not the famed Glass House in Dearborn, MI.
Also known as the Henry Ford II World Center, after the auto maker’s former CEO and grandson of company founder Henry Ford, the building was designed by New York-based Skidmore, Owings and Merrill and opened in 1956.
Constructed largely of concrete and tinted, heat-absorbing glass, it stands 200 ft. (61 m) tall. At the time, it could accommodate more than 3,000 workers and was one of the largest single-company office buildings in the world.
It also featured one of the largest private telephone switchboards anywhere.
The Glass House joins a list of more than 2,500 landmarks featured in TomTom data for the Americas, says Erin Delaney, spokeswoman for the supplier. Also on that list: the Statue of Liberty and the U.S. Capitol Building.
Though well-known and certainly historic, the Glass House is not included in the U.S. National Park Service’s National Registry of Historic Places.
The list does feature the originalBuilding in Detroit, though not the one depicted on current Ford navigation systems. But GM’s original headquarters pre-dates the Glass House by 33 years.
Will Ford now erase GM’s headquarters from its nav systems? Not likely.
“We're proud to be part of Detroit, and GM is an important, valued neighbor,” Hall says.