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The Packard Plant - Detroit, Michigan

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Nov. 27th, 2010 | 07:45 pm
posted by: penishat in abandonedplaces



Designed by Albert Kahn (One of the most famous architects to practice in Detroit. He was the top industrial architect of his time) and built on almost 40 acres, the Packard Plant was one of the largest and most advanced automotive factories in the world when it opened in 1903. Eleven-thousand workers used to build cars there. When Robert Pershing Wadlow was breaching seven feet, the Packard was the best-selling luxury car in America, outselling Cadillac, Lincoln, Peerless and Pierce-Arrow combined. (Source: The Night Train)


The Packard plant was considered the most modern automobile manufacturing facility in the world with skilled craftsmen who practiced over eighty trades. The factory closed in 1958, however, but the buildings remain standing as of 2010, and the city has pledged legal action to have it demolished or secured.

This place is huge.. The 3,500,000-square-foot (325,000 m2) plant is located on over 35 acres (0.142 km2) of land on East Grand Boulevard. It included the first use of reinforced concrete for industrial construction in Detroit.



Source: The Night Train

 



 



 

     

  


  

  

And finally, inside:



I never saw any "No Trespassing" signs, so I might just pop in for another visit in the future.

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deepseasiren

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from: deepseasiren
date: Nov. 28th, 2010 01:00 am (UTC)
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Detroit is one city that I really wish the best for just because of all the urban blight and everything there. People often do forget it was the motor capital of the world and the home of Motown, etc. There's so much about it too that's still awesome and cool.

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penishat

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from: penishat
date: Nov. 28th, 2010 01:30 am (UTC)
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Theres also the Highland Park Ford Plant in (obviously) Highland Park, Michigan that I would like to go to. But I'm far too terrified to even stop my car there. They used to build Model T's there.

Here are some websites that made me feel/become a little more adventurous:
http://buildingsofdetroit.com/ - This one made me a little sad. Our city had so much beauty in it that was mostly all demolished. Take the Detroit Museum of Art for example, in its place now? The I-75, Chrysler Freeway.

http://nighttraintodetroit.com/ - The writer is from Farmington Hills (where I live), so I thought this was a neat place to learn from. For example; I found out there was a Workers Camp on 12 Mile that was filled to the brim with communists with a knack for dynamite.

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deepseasiren

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from: deepseasiren
date: Nov. 28th, 2010 01:40 am (UTC)
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I take it it's not a good area ...you said you were too scared to stop your car there. Badly blighted area?

When my mother was younger and in her 20's, she moved to Detroit with a friend of hers from California, and told me LOL ( this was in the 1950's) she was basically the only Asian person around. She worked as a switchboard operator in Detroit and lived there a year.

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penishat

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from: penishat
date: Nov. 28th, 2010 09:50 am (UTC)
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Driving down Woodward just gives you this eerie, post apocalyptic feeling. The Community College has been turned into a shopping center. There are abandoned libraries, police departments, schools, burnt down flower shops...and not to mention street-walker-ish looking women everywhere.

Here's a little history:


Highland Park really is an automotive boomtown. Once all of the automotive companies moved out it all went to hell. Here's another great depiction.


Aww.. Yeah, Novi is practically a little-Asia now, there are so many great restaurants and markets. I previously worked at an upper scale Japanese restaurant, but that place has gone completely downhill--sadly, my father still works there but it will most likely be closing due to poor management and upkeep.

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Winter Lover

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from: elvenqueen86
date: Nov. 28th, 2010 04:36 am (UTC)
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Those are awesome links, thanks for sharing!

I've always wanted to do some urban exploring in Detroit but the area is just so bad :-/

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penishat

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from: penishat
date: Nov. 28th, 2010 09:15 am (UTC)
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No problem!

Me too! I had a guy friend with me, and I had him drive my car as I hung myself outside of the passenger window-- getting every shot that I could. xD Next time I'm having multiple people, scary looking, mean looking, people come with me. Haha

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Winter Lover

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from: elvenqueen86
date: Nov. 29th, 2010 01:04 am (UTC)
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LOL! Yea, whenever I'm driving through town with my fiance I'm usually taking pictures out the window and getting stared at :-P

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五十音図

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from: pfrank
date: Nov. 28th, 2010 05:10 am (UTC)
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What museum was demolished? The DMA is now called the Detroit Institute of Arts and is very much still there, and one of the finest of all museums in the world.

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penishat

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from: penishat
date: Nov. 28th, 2010 09:13 am (UTC)
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No no, the Detroit Museum of Art was here and gone before you and I ever existed. It was also the Public Welfare Department, Veterans Affairs Department later on. http://buildingsofdetroit.com/places/moa

In fact, I went to the DIA a few hours after taking those Packard photos. :)

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good news, everyone!

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from: 7950
date: Nov. 28th, 2010 05:22 am (UTC)
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Detroit has so much amazing beauty in its ruin that it's hard for me to gather a coherent opinion on the matter. On one hand, the people of Detroit NEED a healthier environment and a stronger police force - this entails demolishing all these abandoned buildings. On the other hand, I hate seeing beautiful abandoned places demolished and would be sad to see some of these landmarks go.

My favorite plan for Detroit is urban farming.

If you want to see pictures of thriving Detroit areas, check out this: http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=185855 I was just in Detroit a few weeks ago to visit the DIA, and the area is really clean and beautiful. The ride into Detroit is always full of abandoned houses lining the freeway, though.

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penishat

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from: penishat
date: Nov. 28th, 2010 09:30 am (UTC)
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Right!

My friends boyfriends friend, and future roommate does the inner-city urban farming. It's pretty neat. He's moving down the street from Wayne State.

We set this whole day aside to seeing Mt. Elliott Cemetery, the heidelberg project, the Packard plant, Belle Isle (mainly the Conservatory, because sadly the aquarium is no longer open), Good Girls go to Paris Crepes (great little place near the DIA/Wayne State), the DIA, as well as the place he's moving into.

The area really is beginning to pick itself up. I love all of the studio spaces and new lofts. Though, it gets really depressing once you head down Woodward, going through Highland Park. :/ But I suppose thats not "technically" Detroit.

I have a few photos of that demolished house across from Wayne State, I took them when I had to drive him to the Financial Aid office. Heh.. (those of which can be seen here


Thank you for sharing those links!

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ninja chipmunks united

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from: chrryblssmninja
date: Dec. 1st, 2010 07:29 am (UTC)
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same thoughts here

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ygrii

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from: ygrii_blop
date: Nov. 28th, 2010 01:32 am (UTC)
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There was a video making the rounds on the internet of some people shoving an abandoned dump truck from the floor of an abandoned factory in Detroit. Was it from this location? I think it was.

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ygrii

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from: ygrii_blop
date: Nov. 28th, 2010 01:34 am (UTC)
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Yup. By golly, it was.

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penishat

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from: penishat
date: Nov. 28th, 2010 09:32 am (UTC)
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Yeah! I love how it landed correct-side-up. xD

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nickelpickle75

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from: nickelpickle75
date: Nov. 28th, 2010 06:41 pm (UTC)
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My friend went inside the Packard Plant a few years ago. He came across a couple friendly homeless men (who told him that he had no business in there, heh) and a lot of old boats, but basically not much. He is an old car buff, and it was like Mecca to him. However, it has been abandoned for many decades, so it's rather dangerous in some spots.
If you park across the street at the motel, the cops WILL wait for you to come out and bust you. This happened to him and he basically cried like a baby and they felt sorry for him and let him go, haha.

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nickelpickle75

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from: nickelpickle75
date: Nov. 28th, 2010 06:42 pm (UTC)
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Oh, and I did hear a rumor that it is being torn down soon. Barring the newer parts that are being used by various companies for storage, of course.

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penishat

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from: penishat
date: Nov. 28th, 2010 08:18 pm (UTC)
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Well, the last tenant actually just vacated the place. It was all over the news. I hope they plan to do something terrific with it. Really. The Highland Park Plant is also currently being used for storage, although I suspect its only a fraction of the place that's being used.

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nickelpickle75

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from: nickelpickle75
date: Nov. 29th, 2010 05:12 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, with all of the available commercial space all over town, if I owned a company, that neighborhood would be one of the LAST I would choose, frankly.

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penishat

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from: penishat
date: Nov. 28th, 2010 08:17 pm (UTC)
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Haha, oh goodness. o__o; I just had my friend driving down the back side, with me hanging out of the window, haha. There were a lot of doors that opened into clearings, so I want to just pop into the doorways and take a few snap shots. I probably won't go any further than that (my last photo is evidence to that. xD Thank god for fantastic zoom, right?).

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nickelpickle75

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from: nickelpickle75
date: Nov. 29th, 2010 05:14 pm (UTC)
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Yeah. My friend probably wouldn't do it again. But he DOES drive by it with me in the car ALL THE TIME. He even made me take a pic of him standing in front of it. He stopped the car at the corner and I snapped the pic super quick. I was so afraid we were gonna get car jacked LOL.

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Grygon

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from: grygon
date: Nov. 29th, 2010 06:36 am (UTC)
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i want to visit that city so bad, so much of it is in shambles that no one cares about urban explorers.

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