Yesterday part of the iconic Ford building in North Fremantle
collapsed destroying a Toyota sedan and badly damaged a Falcon Ute and one other vehicle.
The building was completed in late 1925 and was an assembly plant for the 1926 Model T's through to the 1980's
Apparently the recent storms from the nor west caused a section of the upper outer wall on the south side to to seperate
and land in the car park below.
Looks like Fords revenge on Toyota??
Alan in Western Australia
Fortuately for us, the photo shoot we did at that building with 6 Model T's was six months ago!
Darn, I thought you meant destroyed Toyota as a company, not just one car.
Story and video here:
Wow! The winds in Fremantle are notorious - "The Fremantle Doctor", they're known as.
Similarly, in Wellington New Zealand, the winds are just as notorious and the old Ford assembly plant there is just as exposed as that of Fremantle. Arguable more so. The Fremantle building was erected in 1925 (according to the reporter) and the Wellington one was built 11 years later, during 1936. I do not think the plans changed too much in that time (these assembly plants were all designed from the work of Albert Kahn,through Ford of Canada).
However, the owner of the Wellington plant is currently spending a huge sum on the upper faces of his building. The saw-tooth roof over the former assembly parts of the building were replaced a few years ago - they look the same as the original, but are made of modern materials. Now the former crane bay is getting the treatment. The corrugated concrete roof surface has been removed, along with asbestos. There is concrete right along the top face of the glass wall of the crane bay and that is all being taken out with jack hammers.
Possibly the future of the Fremantle building will now be threatened. However, the future of the former plant in Wellington - a wonderful building - is looking very secure. In so many ways!
Wellington - New Zealand