Highland Park Ford Plant
The Highland Park Ford Plant is considered the birthplace of the moving assembly line. Designed for the most part by noted industrial architect Albert Kahn, the plant from 1910 to 1927 was the scene of numerous advances in the development of mass production techniques.
Although most Americans probably remember Henry Ford best for his Model T, Ford was instrumental in tremendous advancements in organizing newer, cheaper ways to make millions of one kind of automobile. After the founding of the Ford Motor Company in 1903, Ford and his engineers made significant breakthroughs in improving and speeding up auto assembly methods by developing new machinery and placing men and materials on the factory floor in such a manner that bottlenecks were eliminated and production was increased.
- 1956, State Register of Historic Sites
- 1956, Michigan Historical Marker
- 1989, National Historic Landmark
- 1989, National Register of Historic Places
ARCHITECT, BUILDER, OR DESIGNER(S)
- Albert Kahn, architect
- 1913, introduction of moving assembly line in this building
LINKS AND FURTHER READING
- "Highland Park Ford Plant," National Park Service
- "Highland Park Ford Plant Vintage Silent Film," YouTube
- "Highland Park Ford Plant one of '10 Buildings that Changed America,'" Crain's Detroit Business
- "Plan in the Works to Redevelop Highland Park's Ford Plant," Curbed
- "Ford Motor Company's Highland Park plant was the site of what is perhaps the company's most important automotive innovation-the moving assembly line-in 1913," Ford
- "The Factory that Changed the World," DetroitYES!
- "A Future for Ford Highland Park," Woodward Avenue Action Association