Twin City Plant open house April 4-8, 1927. Plant opened May, 1925. The Ford Bridge was completed in 1927, so the open house was held then. The plant quite making Model T Fords two months later.
OH darn I missed the open house! Why can't these events be posted in a timely manner so I can plan to attend!
I lived about two miles from the plant in the mid 1970's. It was a long white building with grand tall windows. The employee parking lot road ran right by the new car showroom seen here in this 1925 photo. At shift change 3:30 PM every week day there was traffic backed up both ways on the Mississippi River Road and on Ford Parkway bridge.
All gone now. Tear down started in the summer of 2012.
There was a big push by concerned citizens for some historic preservation of certain architectural elements of the complex, especially saving part of the main building that housed automobile showroom (shown in the photo Royce posted above) and incorporating it into new development, but there was absolutely no support from the politicians, including the mayor of St. Paul. NONE! They seem hell-bent on erasing any evidence of what was once there. (Supposedly the limestone facade of the showroom, terracotta roof tiles and the large decorative outdoor sconces from the showroom were carefully removed and are currently in storage. However, only time will tell if they are actually incorporated into any new development.)
The Twin Cities assembly plant sat on a prime piece of real estate next to the Mississippi River. It is unique in that it is not located in an industrial area of St. Paul. It is a stand-alone industrial complex on the south end of a residential area known as Highland Park. Highland Park is a very desirable place to live - it has very well maintained pre and post WWII middle-class and upper middle-class houses including many million dollar homes, especially along the river. It's like a suburb within the City of St. Paul.
The new development will probably be a mixture of housing and retail. That, micro-breweries and professional sports stadiums are about the only thing that politicians in the Twin Cities seem to care about.