About the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant
The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant was established in April 2000 and remains today dedicated to the mission of preserving the birthplace of the Model T.

In 1997, zoning around the area of the historic Ford Piquette plant changed. Local preservationist and college professor, Jerald A. Mitchell, began to suspect that bulldozers might not be far away! He approached the Henry Ford Heritage Association with a proposal to form a committee and investigate ways in which the building could be saved. The Piquette Plant Preservation Project was immediately born. Through the generosity of HFHA members, $50,000 was raised in a year as a down payment for the site.

Two years later, T-Plex was formed and purchased the building. Since that time, the Piquette plant has changed from a threatened and neglected building to a vital site of historic restoration, tourism and auto enthusiasts' activity. In 2004, the building's centennial was officially celebrated with a sold-out party featuring Edsel B. Ford II as the evening's honored guest.

The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant is managed today by Jerald A. Mitchell, President and CEO, and a board of directors. Nearly a dozen committees are involved in exhibits, loaning cars, newsletter and public relations, strategic long range planning, and window restoration, among others.

The plant is located in the MotorCities National Heritage Area. Designated by the U.S. Congress in 1998 as an affiliate of the National Park Service, MotorCities helps citizens appreciate how the automobile has changed Michigan, the nation and the world. In addition to promoting the region's auto-related tourist attractions, MotorCities also provides educational materials and funds revitalization projects.

The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant is also a member of National Association of Automobile Museums (NAAM). The organization was founded in 1995 to link auto museums together, enabling them to foster education, share exhibits and exchange vital data about collections.

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