The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, Detroit

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The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant is a museum and former factory located within the Milwaukee Junction area of Detroit, Michigan, in the United States. Built in 1904, it was the second center of automobile production for the Ford Motor Company. The company assembled several car models at this factory, including the Ford Model T, which was created there and first produced there starting in 1908. Early experiments using a moving assembly line to make cars were also conducted there. It was also the first factory where more than 100 cars were assembled in one day. While it was based at the Piquette Avenue Plant, Ford Motor Company became the biggest US-based automaker, and it would remain so until the mid-1920s. The factory was used by the company until 1910, when its car production activity was relocated to the new, bigger Highland Park Ford Plant in Highland Park, Michigan.
The Piquette Avenue Plant was sold in 1911 to Studebaker, which used the factory to assemble cars until 1933. Studebaker sold the building in 1936, and the former car factory went through a series of owners for the remainder of the 20th century before becoming a museum in 2001.
The Piquette Avenue Plant is the oldest, purpose-built automotive factory building in the world open to the public. The museum, which was visited by 18,000 people in 2016, has exhibits that primarily focus on the early years of the United States automotive industry. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2002, became a Michigan State Historic Site in 2003, and designated a National Historic Landmark in 2006. Plan your The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant visit and explore what else you can see and do in Detroit using our Detroit trip planner.
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  • Amazing journey to the past, I personally have an affinity for older structures that carry significant history. This was the site of the first Model T and there are many horseless carriages in this... 
    Amazing journey to the past, I personally have an affinity for older structures that carry significant history. This was the site of the first Model T and there are many horseless carriages in this...  more »
  • The history and the dedicated staff are astonishing. We enjoyed the guided tour by a former Ford Plant employee who was funny and extremely knowledgeable about the company and its rich history and... 
    The history and the dedicated staff are astonishing. We enjoyed the guided tour by a former Ford Plant employee who was funny and extremely knowledgeable about the company and its rich history and...  more »
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  • Very cool. The birthplace of the model T. The volunteers have worked hard to restore the building and create educational displays. The tour guides are very knowledgeable. The displays keep improving and there is a complete collection of the Ford "alphabet cars", including some super rare ones.
  • I went to a wonderful celebration this evening. Beautiful! So nice to share in someone else's good success and longtime vision come to fruition! The place itself is perfect for large gatherings. The space is airy and can hold 200 or more people easily. I highly recommend this spot for any occasion.

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