Demolition work begins on Albert Kahn’s Packard Plant, a hulking relic of Detroit’s automotive glory days

Following an April court order and a subsequent search for contractors, partial demolition commenced last week on the long-abandoned Packard Automotive Plant on Detroit’s east side.

Among the Motor City’s most emblematic structures, the concrete behemoth on East Grand Boulevard first opened in 1903 as the manufacturing facility for long-gone luxury automaker the Packard Motor Car Company and promptly cemented Detroit’s reputation at a nascent hotbed of technical wizardry and cutting-edge ingenuity. Eventually growing to encompass a staggering 3.5 million square feet, the Albert Kahn–designed factory was a game changer for both the construction and automotive industries as it introduced the use of reinforced

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