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the famous Packard Automotive Plant...


Construction started1903 or 1907, Completed1911


Floor area 3,500,000 sq ft (330,000 m2)


Architect Albert Kahn


The Packard Automotive Plant is a former automobile-manufacturing factory in Detroit, Michigan where luxury Packard cars were made by the Packard Motor Car Company of Detroit, Michigan, and later by the Studebaker-Packard Corporation of South Bend, Indiana.


The 3,500,000-square-foot (325,000 m2), plant was designed by Albert Kahn and is located on over 40 acres (0.142 km2) of land on East Grand Boulevard on the city's depressed east side. It included the first use of reinforced concrete for industrial construction in Detroit.[1]


The Packard plant was opened in 1907 and at the time was considered the most modern automobile manufacturing facility in the world with skilled craftsmen who practiced over eighty trades.[citation needed] The factory complex closed in 1958, but the structures remain mostly intact as of 2012. The City of Detroit has pledged legal action to have it demolished or secured.[2] Dominic Cristini, whose claim of ownership of the property is disputed, is said to be conducting construction surveys in advance of full-scale demolition as of early 2012.[3]


had better times, then...


Detroit, Michigan - 23rd of April 2012

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Taken on April 23, 2012