Where It All Began...

The Historical Ford Piquette Avenue Plant

A quick visit to where it all began, the birthplace of the Model T is a national historic landmark located in Detroit, Michigan. The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant is more than that. The authentic vehicle display is amazing!

The Women in Racing (WiR), Professional Women’s Network affiliate had an opportunity to tour this plant and enjoyed it so much that we wanted to share the experience with everyone. The tour began with a 15 minute film with many clips from an era most of us do not remember, then our very knowledgeable tour-guide began the walk back to Ford’s beginning days, where ideas were being born and tested. We were able to mingle among car displays, see Henry Ford’s office and desk where he developed the Model T, and walk the factory floor where the first 12,000 Tin Lizzies were assembled in 1908 and 1909.

The Ford Piquette Avenue plant is well preserved and largely unchanged from its original 1904 appearance. The exterior of the building is immediately recognizable as the same building shown in early photographs and is still in its original red brick, complete with original fire escapes and windows. A visit to the third floor is like stepping back in time. One is immediately impressed with how much it resembles the operating plant of 1905. It is virtually unchanged. The third floor has never been painted since Ford Motor Company left in 1910. Be prepared to be challenged in your knowledge as the tour is very interactive and invites you to participate in fun facts and trivia questions.

The Model T is widely considered to be the most influential car of the 20th Century. The vehicle became famous for being the first low-priced, mass-produced automobile with standard, interchangeable parts. It was equipped with a 20-horsepower, 4-cylinder engine with a top speed of about 45 miles per hour, weighed 1,200 pounds, and achieved 13-21 miles per gallon. The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant is located at 461 Piquette Avenue in Detroit, Michigan. The group found out that it was the second home of the Ford Motor Company’s automobile production.

The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2002. It was designated a Michigan State Historic Site in 2003 and designated as a National Historic Landmark in 2006. Beyond the beautiful vehicle displays you will also discover secret rooms where only few were allowed in, to discuss top secret plans with top engineers. The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant is available for tours but can also be reserved for events. They have even hosted weddings.

The plant is open from April thru October. If interested in learning more, please look up our contact information.

We hope this has piqued your interest and hope you make time to visit. You will walk away inspired and have new memories of the “Old” Ford Motor Company