[Video] Living in Detroit's Packard Plant

Posted on: April 11th, 2012 by David Garber 3 Comments

"Oftentimes I'm out, and I might meet somebody, and we talk about where we live, and I say, 'Well, I live in the world's largest abandoned building. I live at the Packard plant.' And some people think that's really a novel, cool idea, you know. And other people they're taken back by like, 'How could anyone live in an abandoned building with no water and no facilities?' But it suits my purposes just fine." - Allen, the lone resident of Detroit's abandoned Packard Automotive Plant

The Packard Automotive Plant on Detroit's east side opened to fanfare in 1907. It was the first reinforced concrete industrial complex in Detroit, and manufactured some of America's first luxury cars: Packards and Studebakers. The plant was shut down in 1958, following the brand's lack of popularity among cheaper and smaller competitors, and is now under threat of demolition.

It's interesting to see this kind of site from the perspective of a resident. Typically, abandoned sites are just that. Seeing this makes me want the impossible/unreasonable: to move it somewhere where it has a better economic chance. What about you? How do these buildings and this story move you?

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3 Responses

  1. Marilyn H

    April 11, 2012

    I don’t feel that places that have the deterioration that this site has should be preserved. There is nothing beautiful about the construction or the site that evokes anything but curiosity. It looked like there was a cemetery adjacent to it, however, and hopefully that is being maintained. There are many, many other places of historical and cultural value that need our attention before they end up looking like this mess.

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  3. John

    April 16, 2012

    The plant opened in late 1903 – the major addition opened in 1907.