Packard Motor Car Company Abandoned Factory
Packard was a premier nameplate in the united states mentioned in the same breath as duesenberg cadillac pierce arrow and lincoln.
Packard motor car company abandoned factory. The cars were made first by the packard motor car company then the studebaker packard corporation. A view of the north half of the packard motor car company s campus from the administration building taken in 2009 updated july 19 2019 by matthew christopher when it opened in 1903 packard s detroit plant was the most advanced auto factory in the world. John s plymouth mi saturday july 26 2014. The 1999 packard twelve was sold at the rm auction at the inn at st.
At 1 46 million square feet it is huge. The former packard motor company plant in detroit is one of the most recognizable symbols of the decline of the city s once vibrant auto industry. The focus of the first phase of redevelopment is the former packard motor car co s 121 000 square foot four story administration building at 1580 e. Historical photographs of the packard motor car company in detroit mi presented by matthew christopher murray of abandoned america reputed to the the largest abandoned site in north america packard has perhaps been hit harder by arson scrappers and vandals than any other abandoned site as well.
The 3 500 000 square foot 325 000 m 2 designed by albert kahn associates using trussed concrete steel company products is located on 40 acres 16 ha of land on east grand boulevard on the city s east side. The company licenses various companies to use the packard name and the company also manufactures and markets packard branded automobile parts. It built in between. While driving through detroit motor city i made a pit stop at the long abandoned amc car factory.
More than 80 craftsmen were employed to work in this automotive construction plant. Designed by renowned architect albert kahn construction began in 1903. The building is expected to house. It included the first use of reinforced concrete in the united states for industrial construction in the automobile industry.
In the years following world war ii the packard motor car company struggled to keep pace with the larger automakers that had purchased smaller. While some look at the packard plant and see decay and ruin we see an opportunity to revive a great name and be a part of the revival of america s greatest city. The crown jewel for packard was the packard factory a 3 5 million square foot complex sprawling across 35 acres.
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