Plant Engineering Construction Photographs Series

Biographical / Historical Note

Ford Motor Company photographers were dispatched across the country to document the growth of the company evident in construction projects large and small. A large number of the images are progress photographs documenting the construction of Ford Motor...

More

Ford Motor Company photographers were dispatched across the country to document the growth of the company evident in construction projects large and small. A large number of the images are progress photographs documenting the construction of Ford Motor Company automotive assembly plants, service and repair structures, and manufacturing facilities. Particularly well represented is the construction, repair, and renovation work at the Highland Park Plant in Michigan.

Construction in non-automotive areas include views of the construction of a Detroit, Toledo, and Ironton Railroad passenger station; several hydro-electric power stations and airplane factories and hangars in Dearborn, Chicago, and Cleveland. Dearborn, Michigan projects included in the series are the Dearborn Inn, Dearborn Country Club, the Edison Institute and Greenfield Village (now The Henry Ford), and the Ford Motor Company's Dearborn Engineering Laboratory. The series is also a good source for images of many of the Ford Village Industries, Chicago and New York world's fairs buildings, and several dealerships.

Less

Scope and Content Note

The Plant Engineering Construction Photographs series is arranged alphabetically by city; all cities are in the United States. The alphabetical listing ends with Oklahoma City. Highland Park, MI occurs in its alphabetic arrangement and following Oklahoma...

More

The Plant Engineering Construction Photographs series is arranged alphabetically by city; all cities are in the United States. The alphabetical listing ends with Oklahoma City. Highland Park, MI occurs in its alphabetic arrangement and following Oklahoma City at the conclusion of the collection. The Lincoln Plant in Detroit, Michigan is arranged alphabetically under "L" for Lincoln. While the bulk of the photographs were taken between 1921-1945 it should be noted that the years 1913-1916 are also well documented.

Less
Collection Details

Object ID: 64.167.721.0
Creator: Ford Motor Company. Photographic Department 
Inclusive Dates: 1913-1953
Size: 16.8 cubic ft.
Language: English

Collection Access & Use

Item Location: Benson Ford Research Center

Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research.

Credit: From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

Digitized Artifacts From This Collection

In many cases, not all artifacts have been digitized.
Contact us for more information about this collection.

Aerial View of Construction Progress, Ford Motor Company Assembly Plant, Charlotte, North Carolina, March 18, 1924

  Details

Aerial View of Construction Progress, Ford Motor Company Assembly Plant, Charlotte, North Carolina, March 18, 1924

View in our Collectionson thehenryford.org 

Artifact

Photographic print

Date Made

18 March 1924

Summary

Starting in 1912, Ford Motor Company opened domestic assembly plants throughout the United States. Assembling automobiles closer to regional markets reduced shipping costs -- parts were cheaper to ship than completed automobiles. Ford established a branch in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 1914. Ten years later the company built a modern one-story assembly plant designed by Albert Kahn. Automobile assembly ceased at this plant in 1933.

Creators

Unknown 

Object ID

64.167.721.271

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Get more details in Digital Collections at:

thehenryford.org

Aerial View of Construction Progress, Ford Motor Company Assembly Plant, Charlotte, North Carolina, March 18, 1924

View in our Collectionson thehenryford.org 

What is The Henry Ford?

The national attraction for discovering your ingenuity while exploring America’s spirit of innovation. There is always much to see and do at The Henry Ford.

VIEW CALENDAR

  Details

Automobiles Inside B.R. Brown Service Building at Ford Motor Company Plant, Alexandria, Virginia, 1932

  Details

Automobiles Inside B.R. Brown Service Building at Ford Motor Company Plant, Alexandria, Virginia, 1932

View in our Collectionson thehenryford.org 

Artifact

Photographic print

Creators

Unknown 

Object ID

64.167.721.P.833.57239.43

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Get more details in Digital Collections at:

thehenryford.org

Automobiles Inside B.R. Brown Service Building at Ford Motor Company Plant, Alexandria, Virginia, 1932

View in our Collectionson thehenryford.org 

What is The Henry Ford?

The national attraction for discovering your ingenuity while exploring America’s spirit of innovation. There is always much to see and do at The Henry Ford.

VIEW CALENDAR

  Details

B.R. Brown Service Building at Ford Motor Company Plant, Alexandria, Virginia, 1932

  Details

B.R. Brown Service Building at Ford Motor Company Plant, Alexandria, Virginia, 1932

View in our Collectionson thehenryford.org 

Artifact

Photographic print

Creators

Unknown 

Object ID

64.167.721.P.833.57239.51

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Get more details in Digital Collections at:

thehenryford.org

B.R. Brown Service Building at Ford Motor Company Plant, Alexandria, Virginia, 1932

View in our Collectionson thehenryford.org 

What is The Henry Ford?

The national attraction for discovering your ingenuity while exploring America’s spirit of innovation. There is always much to see and do at The Henry Ford.

VIEW CALENDAR

  Details

Construction Progress, B.R. Brown Service Building at Ford Motor Company Plant, Alexandria, Virginia, 1932

  Details

Construction Progress, B.R. Brown Service Building at Ford Motor Company Plant, Alexandria, Virginia, 1932

View in our Collectionson thehenryford.org 

Artifact

Photographic print

Creators

Unknown 

Object ID

64.167.721.P.833.57239.28

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Get more details in Digital Collections at:

thehenryford.org

Construction Progress, B.R. Brown Service Building at Ford Motor Company Plant, Alexandria, Virginia, 1932

View in our Collectionson thehenryford.org 

What is The Henry Ford?

The national attraction for discovering your ingenuity while exploring America’s spirit of innovation. There is always much to see and do at The Henry Ford.

VIEW CALENDAR

  Details

Construction Progress, Ford Motor Company Assembly Plant, Buffalo, New York, 1930

  Details

Construction Progress, Ford Motor Company Assembly Plant, Buffalo, New York, 1930

View in our Collectionson thehenryford.org 

Artifact

Photographic print

Creators

Unknown 

Object ID

64.167.721.246

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Get more details in Digital Collections at:

thehenryford.org

Construction Progress, Ford Motor Company Assembly Plant, Buffalo, New York, 1930

View in our Collectionson thehenryford.org 

What is The Henry Ford?

The national attraction for discovering your ingenuity while exploring America’s spirit of innovation. There is always much to see and do at The Henry Ford.

VIEW CALENDAR

  Details

Construction Progress, Ford Motor Company Assembly Plant, Buffalo, New York, 1930

  Details

Construction Progress, Ford Motor Company Assembly Plant, Buffalo, New York, 1930

View in our Collectionson thehenryford.org 

Artifact

Photographic print

Date Made

1930

Creators

Unknown 

Object ID

64.167.721.245

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Get more details in Digital Collections at:

thehenryford.org

Construction Progress, Ford Motor Company Assembly Plant, Buffalo, New York, 1930

View in our Collectionson thehenryford.org 

What is The Henry Ford?

The national attraction for discovering your ingenuity while exploring America’s spirit of innovation. There is always much to see and do at The Henry Ford.

VIEW CALENDAR

  Details

Construction Progress, Ford Motor Company Assembly Plant, Buffalo, New York, June 19, 1931

  Details

Construction Progress, Ford Motor Company Assembly Plant, Buffalo, New York, June 19, 1931

View in our Collectionson thehenryford.org 

Artifact

Photographic print

Date Made

19 June 1931

Creators

Unknown 

Object ID

64.167.721.249

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Get more details in Digital Collections at:

thehenryford.org

Construction Progress, Ford Motor Company Assembly Plant, Buffalo, New York, June 19, 1931

View in our Collectionson thehenryford.org 

What is The Henry Ford?

The national attraction for discovering your ingenuity while exploring America’s spirit of innovation. There is always much to see and do at The Henry Ford.

VIEW CALENDAR

  Details

Construction Progress, Ford Motor Company Assembly Plant, Buffalo, New York, November 14, 1930

  Details

Construction Progress, Ford Motor Company Assembly Plant, Buffalo, New York, November 14, 1930

View in our Collectionson thehenryford.org 

Artifact

Photographic print

Date Made

14 November 1930

Creators

Unknown 

Object ID

64.167.721.247

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Get more details in Digital Collections at:

thehenryford.org

Construction Progress, Ford Motor Company Assembly Plant, Buffalo, New York, November 14, 1930

View in our Collectionson thehenryford.org 

What is The Henry Ford?

The national attraction for discovering your ingenuity while exploring America’s spirit of innovation. There is always much to see and do at The Henry Ford.

VIEW CALENDAR

  Details

Construction Progress, Ford Motor Company Assembly Plant, Buffalo, New York, September 30, 1930

  Details

Construction Progress, Ford Motor Company Assembly Plant, Buffalo, New York, September 30, 1930

View in our Collectionson thehenryford.org 

Artifact

Photographic print

Date Made

30 September 1930

Creators

Unknown 

Object ID

64.167.721.248

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Get more details in Digital Collections at:

thehenryford.org

Construction Progress, Ford Motor Company Assembly Plant, Buffalo, New York, September 30, 1930

View in our Collectionson thehenryford.org 

What is The Henry Ford?

The national attraction for discovering your ingenuity while exploring America’s spirit of innovation. There is always much to see and do at The Henry Ford.

VIEW CALENDAR

  Details