Detroit Now & Then: Loss of Industry

Packard Plant North, 1930

The north side of the Packard plant. From 1958 until 1999, the plant was used as an industrial park, with tenants including the US Army, a toy warehouse, auto parts companies, and a department store. In 1999, after the city seized the property for nonpayment of property taxes, the buildings on the left were demolished before a court order halted demolition. The plant has been vacant since.

Original photo: 1930, Private collection
Current photo: August, 2013