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Highland Park Ford Plant

Highland Park Ford Plant, Detroit, Michigan

SIGNIFICANCE

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.

 

DESIGNATION(S)

  • 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

SIGNIFICANT DATE(S)

  • 1913, introduction of moving assembly line in this building

LINKS AND FURTHER READING

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