Inside Ford’s Piquette Plant
A look inside Henry Ford’s Piquette Avenue building
There are few buildings that mean more to the automobile, and the world-wide manufacturing boom that started at the turn of the 20th century, than Ford Motor Company’s Piquette Avenue plant in Detroit, Michigan. Join us for a tour inside this historic place.
Built in 1904 on Piquette Avenue in Milwaukee Junction, not far from today’s downtown Detroit, this 402 foot-long three story building was Ford’s first purpose-built factory and the Models B,C, K, F, N, R, S, and T were assembled here. That’s right, the vehicle that allowed the average Joe and Jane to put an affordable car in their garage was conceived here and the first 12,000 Model Ts were built here before Ford moved production to its Highland Park plant in 1910. Henry Ford’s office, as you’ll see in our video, was originally on the first floor (which is now rented out to a separate business) but eventually move upstairs to the second floor—the left-most two windows at the front of the building were Henry’s office. The “skunkworks” (so to speak) were on the third floor all the way at the back, and that is where Henry Ford and his most trusted engineers conceived and designed the original Model T.
If you know anything about American history and how Ford’s Model T revolutionized life in our country, it will give you chills to stand on the exact same wooden floors as those brilliant men.
The Piquette Plant is now a museum, having been restored back to as it was in 1909, and is open for tours Wednesday through Sunday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. We highly recommend seeing it. www.fordpiquetteplant.org