The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant in Detroit, Michigan is a museum and former factory renowned as being the birthplace of the famous Ford Model T. First built in 1908, the Model T revolutionized automobile travel with this lightweight, durable, and easy to drive and repair, and inexpensive model. Perfect for families, it quickly became the most famous car on the planet and had a significant influence on how we live today.
Located in the Piquette Avenue Industrial Historic District, the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant is the second home of Ford Motor Company automobile production and is open to the general public. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a National Historic Landmark.
Ford occupied the Piquette Avenue Plant from 1904 to 1910 and during this time the company assembled a variety of Ford entry-level Models C, F, N, R, S, and the famous Model T, as well as upscale models such as Models B and K. Henry Ford developed the renowned Model T, the car that would change the world in 1907 at the Piquette Avenue Plant, and the plans for what would become the ‘Car of the Century’ were announced in the spring of 1908.
The first production Model T was built at the Piquette Avenue Plant in, 1908, and only 11 cars were built in the first month however, demand quickly grew. After assembling nearly 12,000 Model Ts, the Piquette Avenue Plant could no longer keep up with increasing output and Henry Ford moved production to a new complex in Highland Park in early 1910. It was at this facility that Henry Ford introduced the moving assembly line in 1913-1914 that would eventually produce 15 million Model T Fords.
The Piquette Avenue Plant was sold to Studebaker in January 1911, who used the former Ford building for car production until 1933. It changed hands a few more times over the years before the Model T Automotive Heritage Complex bought the building in 2000 and turned it into a museum.
The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant offers a range of exciting tours that are rich with details and fun facts and can be enjoyed by coach or bike. Driving tours include ‘The Life and Times of Henry’ which explore the accomplishments of Henry Ford from his birthplace to his resting place, ‘The Thrills of Mills’ which showcases Henry Ford’s grand experiment with water power in his Village Industries. ‘The Birthplace of the Canadian Automobile’ looks at Henry Ford’s unique relationship with Walkerville Wagon Works and the creation of the Ford Motor Company of Canada in 1904; and the ‘Henry Ford Birthday Tour,' which covers over a dozen Henry Ford related sites looking at vehicles manufactured by Ford Motor Company from 1903 to 1947, with lunch included.
Coach Tours include ‘In the Footsteps of Henry,’ and bike tours feature ‘Farms to Factories’ – a journey through the Wheelhouse Detroit on two-wheels. Special tours include the ‘Ghosts of Piquette’ which shows the Piquette Plant as never seen before. The ghostly tour delves into the darker corners of the Plant and visits places that were supposedly ‘haunted’ by ghosts complete with complimentary cider and donuts after the tour.
The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant is located at 461 Piquette Street in Detroit and is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. Daily tours are conducted at 10:00 am, 12:00 pm, and 2: 00 pm and last approximately one hour and 30 minutes. Private and group tours are available by reservation only.
461 Piquette Street, Detroit, Michigan 48202, Phone: 313-872-8759