Jacksonville Ford Motor Co Assembly Plant
About the factory the 165 000 sqaure foot assembly plant located at 1901 hill street and designed by internationally recognized industrial architect albert kahn open its doors in 1924.
Jacksonville ford motor co assembly plant. Exploring the ford motor company assembly plant october 12 2011 15 comments print article in an effort to promote the preservation of jacksonville s historic ford motor company assembly plant by hill street llc docomomo us florida aia jacksonville and old arlington inc the property was open on saturday oct. Johns river that once operated in downtown east jacksonville. Nick loves the brick and brawn the grit and girth of his hometown and that means he loves albert kahn. Metro jacksonville takes a look inside of one of the urban core s largest industrial ruins.
The following is a list of current and former facilities of ford motor company for manufacturing automobiles and other components. Jacksonville ford motor co. Coupled with the ever increasing need for more automobiles the ford motor company asked kahn to design smaller satellite factories in jacksonville florida and 16 other cities around the globe. The ford motor company assembly plant reminds nick thompson of his native detroit.
For a listing of ford s proving grounds and test facilities see ford proving grounds. The design aesthetic was inspired directly by the ford assembly plant on the st. The brick façade large front windows and prominent triangular skylights were all a nod to henry ford s iconic ford motor company assembly plant. Assembly plant henry ford ca 1919 henry ford founded the ford motor company on june 16 1903 with 28 000 in cash from twelve investors most notably john and horace dodge who had founded their own company just a few years prior.
In 1923 ford purchased the former bentley shipyards property from the city of jacksonville for 50 000. Per regulations the factory is encoded into each vehicle s vin as character 11 for north american models and character 8 for european models. It s a city he s been away from for more than half his life but he s kept in touch from afar.
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