I timed my arrival a day before the OCF to allow plenty of time for a visit to Piquette Avenue. Despite the peeling paint, the old place is in amazingly good shape. There was some damage due to roof leaks, but that has been repaired and the new roof will outlast all of us. It was nice visiting with forum guys Dennis Hoshield and Ed Baudoux and Ed's son Sam. I took a mess of pictures and will show some now. I'll edit the rest when I get home.
Ford factory, 1904-1910.
1909 Model T #220, built December 1908.
Cars made by the neighbors—Brush, Hupp, Regal, Studebaker, Dodge Brothers.
A nice feature is this 1915 touring where visitors can pose for a picture.
The secret room where the Model T was created is being rebuilt.
After Ford moved out, Studebaker bought the building and added the big attached building on the left in 1920.
I drove around the downtown area and saw this sad sight on East Grand Avenue.
Lo how the mighty have fallen. There has been talk of renovating the old Packard plant, but I doubt that anything will ever come of it. The place is falling apart.
Note the crumbling top of the building.
Thanks Steve !
Professional photos, as usual, Steve!! It was great meeting you in person!!
Nice tour, great photos! Thanks
Great shots, Steve. Thanks for posting!
Thank you Steve! You do good work!!
Thanks for posting the “Motor City” photo’s Steve! Nice work!
Amazing photos and have a great time!
Great pictures Steve,looking forward to seeing more
Steve, are you still in the area? It would be great if we could meet for coffee and our famous Romeo doughnuts! My cell is 586-651-5760 if you're able to meet.