Highland Park Ford Plant
Highland Park Plant, Ford Motor Company
Highland Park Ford Plant
|Location:||Highland Park, Michigan|
|Architect:||Albert Kahn; Edward Gray|
|Added to NRHP:||February 6, 1973|
|Designated NHL:||June 2, 1978|
The Highland Park Ford Plant is a former factory located in Highland Park, Michigan at 91 Manchester Avenue (at Woodward Avenue). The second production facility for the Model T automobile, it became a National Historic Landmark in 1978.
The Highland Park Ford Plant was a production plant for Ford Motor Company in the city of Highland Park, Michigan, which is surrounded by Detroit. The Highland Park Ford Plant was designed by Albert Kahn in 1908 and was opened in 1910. Ford automotive production had previously taken place at the facility known as the Piquette Plant.
The complex included offices, factories, a power plant and a foundry. Because of its spacious design, it set the precedent for many factories and production plants built thereafter. In 1913, the Highland Park Ford Plant became the first automobile production facility in the world to implement the assembly line. In the late 1920s Ford moved automobile assembly to the River Rouge Plant complex in nearby Dearborn. Automotive trim manufacturing and tractor assembly continued at the Highland Park plant.
As of 2011, it had been used by Ford Motor Company to store documents and for artifact storage for the Henry Ford Museum. A portion is also occupied by a Forman Mills clothing warehouse that opened in 2006.
In the media 
- The Moving Assembly Line Debuted at the Highland Park Plant, Historic Sites, Heritage, Ford Motor Company official site.
- National Register of Historic Places Inventory - Nomination Form, May 1977.
- Ford's Highland Park plant a manufacturing pioneer, MotorCities National Heritage Area, Detroit News article, May 21, 2009.
- National Historic Landmarks in Michigan, Michigan Historical Center, State Historic Preservation Office, Michigan State Housing Development Authority.
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- "Ford Motor Company Highland Park Plant". National Scenic Byways Program summary listing. National Scenic Byways Program. Retrieved 2010-01-23.
- "Forman Mills discount clothing opens Highland Park warehouse store in former Model T factory.". Model D. 8 August 2008. Retrieved 22 October 2011.
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