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DEEPNHOCK
01-07-2012, 08:12 PM
Interesting read....

http://detroit1701.org/Studebaker%20Plant.html

BobPalma
01-07-2012, 08:26 PM
Indeed, Jeff; thanks.

I wonder how many other people read that, consider the entrepreneurial environment of the day, and feel they were born 50-75 years too late?

'Brings tears to my eyes, seeing wonderful, once-productive facilities (and the surrounding city) in such a derelict state, knowing what it foretells.

Sigh.... BP

8E45E
01-07-2012, 08:30 PM
Yep, such a shame all hopes of survival were dashed when it burned to the ground:

http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/showthread.php?44818-South-Bend-vs.-Detroit&highlight=piquette

and here:

http://www.detroityes.com/webisodes/2005/04-Studebaker/01-Studebaker.htm

Craig

comatus
01-07-2012, 11:41 PM
There was another large Studebaker building in Detroit, near Franklin and Orleans at the riverfront. I used to go to that neighborhood every once in a while, from the late 70's through the early 90's. It may have been a warehouse, but it covered a whole block and its Studebaker signage was still clearly readable then. Almost everything in that area has now been demolished. I have often wondered what it was.

BobPalma
02-02-2012, 07:38 AM
Studebaker's Detroit/Piquette Plant before/after fire

Quick two-minute videos each.

Before: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nu-N6...eature=related (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nu-N6yNA_5E&feature=related)

During/After: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4sJo...endscreen&NR=1 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4sJoytXsi4&feature=endscreen&NR=1)

raprice
12-13-2012, 03:35 PM
I believe that the Studebaker plant on Piquette Ave was originally a Ford plant where the original Model T Fords and earlier Fords were built. Ford sold that plant when it opened their Highland Park Plant, which was much larger. It was such a tragedy when that building burnt down.

Rog

8E45E
12-13-2012, 05:31 PM
I believe that the Studebaker plant on Piquette Ave was originally a Ford plant where the original Model T Fords and earlier Fords were built.

I thought they finally renovated it and turned it into a mall recently.

http://blog.hemmings.com/index.php/2011/03/14/fords-piquette-history-saved-2/

Craig