• Sep 8, 2010
The Ford Model T was a game-changer, allowing middle-class America to finally afford a horseless carriage. As the public began taking to the roads in greater numbers, our nation began its transformation into a modern motoring society.

The Model T was first produced in 1908 and enjoyed a successful sales through 1927. In 1925, production hit its peak and Ford was turning out 9,000 to 10,000 cars per day. That adds up to an annual run of around two million cars.

One of the first assembly locations for the Ford Model T is the Highland Park plant, which is located steps from Woodward Avenue. It's a building with a rich history and it may get another shot at life.

According to the Detroit Free Press, the Woodward Avenue Action Association has nominated the Highland Park building in a national online competition. The National Trust for Historic Preservation runs a competition where they provide $25,000 in grant money to help preserve buildings of historical significance. The WAAA, if they win, plan to use the cash as seed money for an interesting project. Their goal is to turn the Highland Park assembly plant into an area Welcome Center. Visitors would have the opportunity to learn past and present information about Woodward, Detroit, and Michigan. To further entice visitors, the Henry Ford Museum has expressed interest in supplying exhibits for a small display.

If you think the Highland Park factory should win the contest, head over to the National Trust's Community Challenge page and cast your vote.

[Source: Detroit Free Press]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      What are you talking about? "Maybe I can find something here". The link to the vote page is given to us in the post. What does jeans have to do with Ford?
      • 4 Years Ago
      2 million cars per year back then is amazing. Heck it's pretty much amazing today. But you gotta wonder how much of that is due to the simple construction of cars back then, and also the fact that working hours were probably longer.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @hike15

        Exactly. Automakers need to simplify. But its not different that every other modern business. If companies would just stick to what they are good at making stop trying to please EVERYBODY, then maybe they wouldn't fail. But no, they can't do that. Greed takes over and they must branch out and do hotwings when they are known and good at making burgers and fries.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Now if only modern cars could be so simple...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Simplicity is key. That's how you profit and keep cars reliable.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Does anyone have have numbers on how many labor-hours went into assembling one of these? The Standard today is just over 20hours, per car, with the Wrangler as the lowest in America, around 13 hours.
      • 4 Years Ago
      There's a more significant building in Detroit that's falling to ruin. The Packard factory. It has an exceptionally important place in the history of architecture, being the first concrete frame building where the simple rectilinear frame is filled out with glass. It is the great, great grand-daddy of countless modern buildings throught the world.

      And in Detroit, it's threatening to fall in on itself. It's probably lucky that the City of Detroit is so broke they can't afford to tear it down.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Detroit seems to be like a third world city.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Perhaps facetiously, but as bad as Detroit is, it's heaven compared to the vast majority of third world urban cities.

        Also, the derliction presents plenty of opportunity and the downtown is slowly reviving, something that only really started in the past 10 years, following 40 years of straight decline.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Detroit may become a museum but needs your help" - There, thats better.
      • 4 Years Ago
      i understand that this building is a historical site, but come on. $25000??? what would you do with $25000 and that building? it would take $250000000 to fix this building.
      i suggest bulldozing it and giving the land to another company that will pay taxes to the city.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I know that Detroit's in a bad way these days, but I'd like to see the Highland Park plant saved.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @dukeisduke

        Sorry, didn't mean to respond to you. I clicked on nanda(whatever) to post are reply because they were talking about jeans and shirts being 50 percent off. I was just wondering what that had to do with Ford
      • 4 Years Ago
      I would love to see Ford take this to a restoration level.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You can visit the original production site of the Model-T, the fromer Ford Piquette Plant. Although much smaller, volunteers have done a great job saving the building.
        http://www.tplex.org/
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