Automobile Plant Construction Photographs

Biographical / Historical Note

Floyd V. Mow was a construction superintendent for Albert Kahn Associates during the period of construction of the Ford Motor Company Rouge River Plant, and possibly beyond. It is assumed that Mr. Mow collected these photographs during his time with Kahn.


Scope and Content Note

The Automobile Plant Construction Photographs collection (0.4 cubic ft.) consists of 136 black-and-white photographic prints of images taken during construction of the Ford Motor Company Rouge River Plant located in Dearborn, Michigan, and of...

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The Automobile Plant Construction Photographs collection (0.4 cubic ft.) consists of 136 black-and-white photographic prints of images taken during construction of the Ford Motor Company Rouge River Plant located in Dearborn, Michigan, and of a Chevrolet Service Parts Division building located in Saginaw, Michigan. Both of these buildings were designed by Albert Kahn Associates. The images of the Rouge Plant construction date from February to March, 1918, and the images of the Chevrolet building construction date from October, 1940 to April, 1941.

Also included in the collection is a small portrait of the collector, Floyd Mow.

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Collection Details

Object ID: 2012.47.0
Creator: Mow, Floyd V. 
Inclusive Dates: 1918, 1940-1941
Size: 0.4 cubic ft. (1 box)
Language: English

Collection Access & Use

Item Location: Benson Ford Research Center

Access Restrictions: The photographs are open for research.

Credit: From the Collections of the Henry Ford. Gift of the Mow Family.

Digitized Artifacts From This Collection

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"B" Building Site Rouge Plant

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"B" Building Site Rouge Plant

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Artifact

Photographic print

Summary

Henry Ford started purchasing land near the mouth of the Rouge River in 1915. He envisioned a new factory complex with access to water transportation and room to grow -- two things missing at Ford's Highland Park Plant. Construction of the new Rouge factory started in 1917 and, in a sense, never stopped during Henry Ford's lifetime. Improvements and additions were constant.

Object ID

2012.47.22

Credit

From the Collections of the Henry Ford. Gift of the Mow Family.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

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"B" Building Site Rouge Plant

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What is The Henry Ford?

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Chevrolet Service Parts Plant Construction

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Chevrolet Service Parts Plant Construction

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Artifact

Photographic print

Summary

Construction is underway at Chevrolet's Service Parts Division plant in Saginaw, Michigan, in this 1941 photo. This new building was designed by Albert Kahn, among the most influential industrial architects of the early 20th century. Kahn's airy reinforced concrete structures were popular with automakers. He also counted Packard, Ford, Hudson and Dodge Brothers among his clients.

Object ID

2012.47.127

Credit

From the Collections of the Henry Ford. Gift of the Mow Family.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

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Chevrolet Service Parts Plant Construction

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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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Chevrolet Service Parts Plant Construction

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Chevrolet Service Parts Plant Construction

View in our Collectionson thehenryford.org 

Artifact

Photographic print

Summary

Construction is underway at Chevrolet's Service Parts Division plant in Saginaw, Michigan, in this 1941 photo. This new building was designed by Albert Kahn, among the most influential industrial architects of the early 20th century. Kahn's airy reinforced concrete structures were popular with automakers. He also counted Packard, Ford, Hudson and Dodge Brothers among his clients.

Object ID

2012.47.132

Credit

From the Collections of the Henry Ford. Gift of the Mow Family.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Get more details in Digital Collections at:

thehenryford.org

Chevrolet Service Parts Plant Construction

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

Chevrolet Service Parts Plant Construction

  Details

Chevrolet Service Parts Plant Construction

View in our Collectionson thehenryford.org 

Artifact

Photographic print

Summary

Construction is underway at Chevrolet's Service Parts Division plant in Saginaw, Michigan, in this 1941 photo. This new building was designed by Albert Kahn, among the most influential industrial architects of the early 20th century. Kahn's airy reinforced concrete structures were popular with automakers. He also counted Packard, Ford, Hudson and Dodge Brothers among his clients.

Object ID

2012.47.134

Credit

From the Collections of the Henry Ford. Gift of the Mow Family.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Get more details in Digital Collections at:

thehenryford.org

Chevrolet Service Parts Plant Construction

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

Chevrolet Service Parts Plant Construction

  Details

Chevrolet Service Parts Plant Construction

View in our Collectionson thehenryford.org 

Artifact

Photographic print

Summary

Construction is underway at Chevrolet's Service Parts Division plant in Saginaw, Michigan, in this 1941 photo. This new building was designed by Albert Kahn, among the most influential industrial architects of the early 20th century. Kahn's airy reinforced concrete structures were popular with automakers. He also counted Packard, Ford, Hudson and Dodge Brothers among his clients.

Object ID

2012.47.126

Credit

From the Collections of the Henry Ford. Gift of the Mow Family.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Get more details in Digital Collections at:

thehenryford.org

Chevrolet Service Parts Plant Construction

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

Chevrolet Service Parts Plant Construction

  Details

Chevrolet Service Parts Plant Construction

View in our Collectionson thehenryford.org 

Artifact

Photographic print

Summary

Construction is underway at Chevrolet's Service Parts Division plant in Saginaw, Michigan, in this 1941 photo. This new building was designed by Albert Kahn, among the most influential industrial architects of the early 20th century. Kahn's airy reinforced concrete structures were popular with automakers. He also counted Packard, Ford, Hudson and Dodge Brothers among his clients.

Object ID

2012.47.131

Credit

From the Collections of the Henry Ford. Gift of the Mow Family.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Get more details in Digital Collections at:

thehenryford.org

Chevrolet Service Parts Plant Construction

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

Chevrolet Service Parts Plant Construction

  Details

Chevrolet Service Parts Plant Construction

View in our Collectionson thehenryford.org 

Artifact

Photographic print

Summary

Construction is underway at Chevrolet's Service Parts Division plant in Saginaw, Michigan, in this 1941 photo. This new building was designed by Albert Kahn, among the most influential industrial architects of the early 20th century. Kahn's airy reinforced concrete structures were popular with automakers. He also counted Packard, Ford, Hudson and Dodge Brothers among his clients.

Object ID

2012.47.133

Credit

From the Collections of the Henry Ford. Gift of the Mow Family.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Get more details in Digital Collections at:

thehenryford.org

Chevrolet Service Parts Plant Construction

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

Chevrolet Service Parts Plant Construction

  Details

Chevrolet Service Parts Plant Construction

View in our Collectionson thehenryford.org 

Artifact

Photographic print

Summary

Construction is underway at Chevrolet's Service Parts Division plant in Saginaw, Michigan, in this 1941 photo. This new building was designed by Albert Kahn, among the most influential industrial architects of the early 20th century. Kahn's airy reinforced concrete structures were popular with automakers. He also counted Packard, Ford, Hudson and Dodge Brothers among his clients.

Object ID

2012.47.125

Credit

From the Collections of the Henry Ford. Gift of the Mow Family.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Get more details in Digital Collections at:

thehenryford.org

Chevrolet Service Parts Plant Construction

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

Chevrolet Service Parts Plant Construction

  Details

Chevrolet Service Parts Plant Construction

View in our Collectionson thehenryford.org 

Artifact

Photographic print

Summary

Construction is underway at Chevrolet's Service Parts Division plant in Saginaw, Michigan, in this 1941 photo. This new building was designed by Albert Kahn, among the most influential industrial architects of the early 20th century. Kahn's airy reinforced concrete structures were popular with automakers. He also counted Packard, Ford, Hudson and Dodge Brothers among his clients.

Object ID

2012.47.130

Credit

From the Collections of the Henry Ford. Gift of the Mow Family.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Get more details in Digital Collections at:

thehenryford.org

Chevrolet Service Parts Plant Construction

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