Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, Detroit, Michigan (Photo Credit: Wikipedia - Jackdude101)
Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, Detroit, Michigan | Photo Credit: Wikipedia - Jackdude101
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Built in 1904, the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant is most notably known for being the location of Model T production for the Ford Motor Company. Being not only the first purpose-built factory for Ford, the plant produced about 12,000 Model T’s from this plant. Today, the building has been restored for visitors to tour one of the most historical locations of Ford.

After Henry Ford’s first successful plant on Mack Avenue, it was determined that a larger plant would be needed to meet the demand for the new lines of automobiles. The site on Piquette Avenue near downtown Detroit was selected and soon after construction commenced.

The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant was built to be three stories tall and 402 feet long! It was also one of the first buildings in the United States to have a fire suppression system for fire safety. The factory most famously produced Model T’s at this plant, but also completed other Model’s B, C, F, K, N, R and S.

Henry Ford's Office at the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, Detroit, Michigan (Photo Credit: Wikipedia - Jackdude101)
Henry Ford’s Office at the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, Detroit, Michigan | Photo Credit: Wikipedia – Jackdude101

Just a few short years later, Ford Motor Company was growing too large for the Piquette Avenue Plant. In 1910, the company moved to the Highland Park Plant. The building was sold to the Studebaker Company who operated at this site until 1933. It later changed hands to several other businesses before finally being purchased for restoration and designation as a historic site in 2000.

Visitors to the museum can see over a dozen cars from the early Ford era and witness the building in which some of the greatest automobile history was made.

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