Ford Motor Company Plant Engineering Construction Photographs

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...

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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.

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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...

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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.

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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: Not Currently On Exhibit

Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research.

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

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Ford Motor Company--Plant Construction--Dearborn Engineering Lab--1923-1924--Item55

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Ford Motor Company--Plant Construction--Dearborn Engineering Lab--1923-1924--Item55

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Artifact

Photographic print

Summary

In 1923, construction began on Ford Motor Company's first purpose-built engineering laboratory building. The massive Albert Kahn-designed structure -- essentially a single light-filled room -- housed tool design, production engineering, and experimental engineering research departments. It also housed the offices and presses for the Dearborn Independent, and space for Henry Ford's growing artifact collection. The building was completed in December 1924.

Object ID

64.167.721.186

Credit

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

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

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Ford Motor Company--Plant Construction--Dearborn Engineering Lab--1923-1924--Item55

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What is The Henry Ford?

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Ford Motor Company--Plant Construction--Dearborn Engineering Lab--1923-1924--Item71

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Ford Motor Company--Plant Construction--Dearborn Engineering Lab--1923-1924--Item71

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Artifact

Photographic print

Summary

Work began on the expansion of the old powerhouse located near the Ford Motor Company Engineering Laboratory in the late 1920s. The building's new equipment would send high pressure steam through underground tunnel extensions to Henry Ford's other Dearborn construction projects -- his museum and Ford Airport. The Albert Kahn-designed structure was completed in 1930.

Object ID

64.167.721.202

Credit

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

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

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thehenryford.org

Ford Motor Company--Plant Construction--Dearborn Engineering Lab--1923-1924--Item71

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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.

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Ford Motor Company--Plant Construction--Dearborn Engineering Lab--1923-1924--Item81

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Ford Motor Company--Plant Construction--Dearborn Engineering Lab--1923-1924--Item81

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Artifact

Photographic print

Summary

Work began on the expansion of the old powerhouse located near the Ford Motor Company Engineering Laboratory in the late 1920s. The building's new equipment would send high pressure steam through underground tunnel extensions to Henry Ford's other Dearborn construction projects -- his museum and Ford Airport. The Albert Kahn-designed structure was completed in 1930.

Object ID

64.167.721.212

Credit

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

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

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thehenryford.org

Ford Motor Company--Plant Construction--Dearborn Engineering Lab--1923-1924--Item81

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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.

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Ford Motor Company--Plant Construction--Dearborn Engineering Lab--1923-1924--Item82

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Ford Motor Company--Plant Construction--Dearborn Engineering Lab--1923-1924--Item82

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Artifact

Photographic print

Summary

Work began on the expansion of the old powerhouse located near the Ford Motor Company Engineering Laboratory in the late 1920s. The building's new equipment would send high pressure steam through underground tunnel extensions to Henry Ford's other Dearborn construction projects -- his museum and Ford Airport. The Albert Kahn-designed structure was completed in 1930.

Object ID

64.167.721.213

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

Ford Motor Company--Plant Construction--Dearborn Engineering Lab--1923-1924--Item82

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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.

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Ford Motor Company--Plant Construction--Dearborn Engineering Lab--1923-1924--Item85

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Ford Motor Company--Plant Construction--Dearborn Engineering Lab--1923-1924--Item85

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Artifact

Photographic print

Summary

Work began on the expansion of the old powerhouse located near the Ford Motor Company Engineering Laboratory in the late 1920s. The building's new equipment would send high pressure steam through underground tunnel extensions to Henry Ford's other Dearborn construction projects -- his museum and Ford Airport. The Albert Kahn-designed structure was completed in 1930.

Object ID

64.167.721.216

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

Ford Motor Company--Plant Construction--Dearborn Engineering Lab--1923-1924--Item85

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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.

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Ford Motor Company--Plant Construction--Dearborn Engineering Lab--1923-1924--Item86

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Ford Motor Company--Plant Construction--Dearborn Engineering Lab--1923-1924--Item86

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Artifact

Photographic print

Summary

Work began on the expansion of the old powerhouse located near the Ford Motor Company Engineering Laboratory in the late 1920s. The building's new equipment would send high pressure steam through underground tunnel extensions to Henry Ford's other Dearborn construction projects -- his museum and Ford Airport. The Albert Kahn-designed structure was completed in 1930.

Object ID

64.167.721.217

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

Ford Motor Company--Plant Construction--Dearborn Engineering Lab--1923-1924--Item86

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.

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Ford Motor Company--Plant Construction--Dearborn Engineering Lab--1923-1924--Item94

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Ford Motor Company--Plant Construction--Dearborn Engineering Lab--1923-1924--Item94

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Artifact

Photographic print

Summary

Work began on the expansion of the old powerhouse located near the Ford Motor Company Engineering Laboratory in the late 1920s. The building's new equipment would send high pressure steam through underground tunnel extensions to Henry Ford's other Dearborn construction projects -- his museum and Ford Airport. The Albert Kahn-designed structure was completed in 1930.

Object ID

64.167.721.225

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

Ford Motor Company--Plant Construction--Dearborn Engineering Lab--1923-1924--Item94

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.

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Ford Motor Company--Plant Construction--Dearborn Engineering Lab--1923-1924--Item103

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Ford Motor Company--Plant Construction--Dearborn Engineering Lab--1923-1924--Item103

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Artifact

Photographic print

Summary

Work began on the expansion of the old powerhouse located near the Ford Motor Company Engineering Laboratory in the late 1920s. The building's new equipment would send high pressure steam through underground tunnel extensions to Henry Ford's other Dearborn construction projects -- his museum and Ford Airport. The Albert Kahn-designed structure was completed in 1930.

Object ID

64.167.721.234

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

Ford Motor Company--Plant Construction--Dearborn Engineering Lab--1923-1924--Item103

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

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Ford Motor Company--Plant Construction--Dearborn Engineering Lab--1923-1924--Item105

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Ford Motor Company--Plant Construction--Dearborn Engineering Lab--1923-1924--Item105

View in our Collectionson thehenryford.org 

Artifact

Photographic print

Summary

Work began on the expansion of the old powerhouse located near the Ford Motor Company Engineering Laboratory in the late 1920s. The building's new equipment would send high pressure steam through underground tunnel extensions to Henry Ford's other Dearborn construction projects -- his museum and Ford Airport. The Albert Kahn-designed structure was completed in 1930.

Object ID

64.167.721.236

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

Ford Motor Company--Plant Construction--Dearborn Engineering Lab--1923-1924--Item105

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