That seems to be a typical old shop layout--Cars on one side and benches on the other of a long room. I've often wondered how they got the cars in and out of the shop when one was complete but surrounded by cars in pieces. I can't tell if there's garage doors on the right but many had only one way in/out.
That's a nice drain table that looks like they made it from a converted kitchen table.
What gets me is the wooden floors.
This could have been a general store or some other type of business before it was a auto shop. The windows on one side could be the 'store' front. Probably will never know for sure. Maybe a warehouse?
Check out the parts washing station in the middle with the fancy turned wood legs and the pail collection system.
Wooden floors are easier on the joints and feet than concrete.
As far as the windows are concerned - buildings were configured to bring in as much natural light as possible.
In the northern hemisphere, windows on the north side of a building are preferable because it lets in the light without having the sun shine in your face. There is plenty of light but none of the figures or objects are casting noticeable shadows, with the exception of the workbench.
On a side note, ever notice how art studios have north facing windows?
note the weaver jack under car #2, with 3 or 4 of these you could move cars anywhere. i have 2 that makes a turn table charley
It looks very much like the inside of the Piquette plant on the upper levels. There is a dealership in Plymouth, MI that had it's service department upstairs also, and the pictures I've seen look very similar. It must not have been that uncommon, as the buildings were most likely repurposed from wagon building or other 'pre auto' uses.
Definitely "State of the Art"
The picture above at Piquette is Jerry working the night shift, on Sunday, turning out the first 12,000 to 14,000 Model Ts at Piquette.
What great pictures.