Join us today as we explore one of the most well known abandoned buildings in all of urban exploring that has sat decaying since 1993. The event was organized by Michigan's Center for Social Impact and held at the Ross School of Business. Sitting at the corner of Piquette and Hastings is a white seven story building, with most of the windows missing. The second cowl behind is of a totally different configuration. Here's another view from the roof.
However, unless one worked in the auto industry previous to the 21st century there is probably no name recognition with the term Fisher Body. No doubt the Navy was anticipating the need for the drop tanks as carrier aircraft operated off the coast of Japan during the planned invasion. Outside the old factory a tour guide was explaining the history of the building to a group of German tourists. From small anti-tank guns mounted on small chassis, to colossal beasts of armor and guns, tank destroyers came in all shapes and sizes. Here is a close-up of the 584 lb breech housing with the Fisher Body name stamped on to the side.
Mechanization also allowed the rich industrialists to pit the middle and lower classes against one another by stoking racial fears of poor immigrants or freed slaves being able to take white workers' jobs at lower wages. In the summer of 2014, Mr. The presence of those tags on the floor perhaps implies that some part of the Allanté sub-assembly process was done here? That music, I have been told, is extremely popular in Eastern Europe. These were built at the Cleveland Plant 2. Marrin once saw a coworker fall to his death down a mineshaft, and never forgot how tough the work conditions were there, how there was no job security, and how there was no one to speak up for the workers, since the unionization attempt in the Upper Peninsula mining lands had been crushed after. The Ford Building is, however, a National Historic Landmark since it is where Henry Ford began to develop his production line strategy, the place where he first turned out cars profitably and where he designed the Model T. Is there not enough exploring to go around? This building also reminds us of the origins of the great fortune that the Fisher Brothers amassed building bodies, primarily for General Motors cars.
. It is often considered to be the club capital of techno. That is—if nothing else—the one thing that anyone can take away from experiencing Kahn's industrial architecture. The last day of production for Plant No. But at the same time that the silent archaic machinery around me engendered a certain pride, it was also a painful reminder of the economic collapse that has so profoundly characterized the city for my whole life.
This was truly and extraordinary feat by the Fisher Body organization and attests to the fact it was the premier Division of General Motors during the war! In Detroit the B-25 assemblies were built at its Stamping, Detroit Aircraft Unit, Central Development and Experimental Unit, Fleetwood, and Ternstedt plants. Photo added 10-24-2016 and courtesy of Bill Maloney. And, judging from the fact that sections of the building are collapsing from the years of neglect, it's hard to imagine that there is much of a future for the building, other than continuing to sit empty until decay or demolition ultimately have their way. All my great uncles worked at Fisher Body in Detroit. Plant 21 was being phased out in the 1980s along with Fisher Body 40 and 41 because of a car sales slump, and the fact that those three plants were considered obsolete. Twitter - Instagram - Check out everyone else's channels: Dan Bell: Will Krupinsky: BrightSunFilms: Fisher Body corporation, founded in 1908 by the fisher brothers, was an automobile coach-building company located in Detroit Michigan.
According to the Sanborn map of 1921, the five-story-tall Plant 9 was where windshield and sash glass making was done, as well as seat cushion spring and covering work. This was an industrial paradise. Germany, Italy, Japan, and Russia all had versions of mobile tank-destroyer vehicles. In 1990 it was purchased and used for industrial painting but that firm when bankrupt. Second in this same photo, the first car in the shot is a two door sedan as is the hat being lowered behind it. Photograph: Ren Farley, 2002 Description updated: December, 2016.
Please compare this building to the nearby Ford Piquette Street plant completed just 15 years earlier and designed by Field, Hinchman and Smith. Although the M10 was a powerful and devastating piece of technology against the Axis army in North Africa, its life was short lived. Cadillac produced 1,824 M5 and 4,726 M5A1 Stuart tanks and Fisher Body 4,962 M5 and M5A1 turrets. This entry was posted in , and tagged , , , , , , ,. I can recall how it was where I met my Canadian friends Donnie and Navi for the first time, or how I once snuck in when it was briefly turned into a city impound lot and waved at the surprised security guards from the water tower, or the time I almost found myself in the midst of a baseball bat vs. Other companies may have leased smaller portions of the plant at different times.