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In this view of the Highland Park Plant, first modern production line, you can see more detail of this massive facility. The glass covered facade, the large skylights and the concrete construction.

This place has come a long way since it was opened almost a century ago. From a bustling automobile production facility it has gone through several transformations. It finally became a tractor production facility before being sold.

The Manchester-Woodward Group now owns it and leases parts of the complex back to Ford as a warehouse. Apparently there have been threats to move out of the building but it still remains in use.

Other parts of the facility have been removed. There still are several multi-story buildings and long, single story, buildings sprawling over much of the 30 acre site. But in the front several buildings were razed, including the old powerhouse.

Today the Model T strip mall and the sea of an asphalt parking lot occupies the site of the razed buildings. Small details are used to mimic the factory but it is mainly a strip mall like any other. A current employee I saw while there told me an interesting story about the drug store in the strip mall's parking lot. The store was built on top of the old powerhouse. But because they were unable to remove huge underground concrete structures the store was built on top of them like on a hill.

It has also been listed on the national historic register which is basically meaningless since it does not really get any benefit from that. It has basically become another piece of forgotten and hidden history.

I was tempted to crop a bit, removing the sky up to the point just above the nearer skylight. But I really liked this sky and noticed the diagonal in the cloud carried my eye from the corner to the building top.

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Additional Photos by Paul Mastrogiacomo (pamastro) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2679 W: 164 N: 2696] (7296)
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