In 1904, Henry Ford purchased three acres beside a railroad line off Woodward and moved his new car company from Mack to Piquette Avenue. Join Digging Detroit with special guest Tom Genova and come explore the historic Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, rescued from demolition and transformed into an amazing collection of priceless cars and fascinating stories about six revolutionary years for Detroit and America. (See some stills from the shoot below!)
The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant re-opens to the public on April 1st.
For more information, call 313-872-8759 or visit them at www.FordPiquetteAvenuePlant.org
- Guest: Tom Genova
- Hosts: Pete Kalinski and Thomas J. Reed, Jr.
- Director/Camera/Editor: Kevin Walsh, MMD Productions, LLC
- Producers: Pete Kalinski, Thomas J. Reed, Jr. and Kevin Walsh
- Photos Courtesy of: Benson Ford Research Center and the Burton Historical Collection, Detroit Public Library
- Special Thanks: Marion Christiansen and Brian Wilson
Piquette Plant Photo Album
Co-host Thomas J. Reed, Jr. spoke with guests from Washington, Baltimore and LA.
Co-host Pete Kalinski with Tom Genova
Henry Ford’s top secret experimental room.
Groundbreaking fire-preventative fire-doors
Model S cars at Piquette
One of 6,000 red Model T’s manufactured at Piquette
View from the third floor.
Tom explaining the importance of the nearby rail lines when Ford purchased the property.
Other classic cars on display, built in the neighborhood, including this 1914 Regal.
Meet Spider Huff (on Henry Ford’s running board)
Docent Tom Genova
The flexible Ford cars
Retired Ford execs and engineers created an on-site shop to rescue the wooden windows.
Booked 18 months in advance, the plant is host for many corporate events, weddings and bar mitzvahs.