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Historic Ford Assembly Plant Documented Before Demolition

As Ford Authority reported last October, a historic Ford assembly plant in Jacksonville, Florida – otherwise known as Commodore Point – is set to be demolished despite efforts by the Jacksonville Historic Preservation Commission to save the facility. The Ford assembly plant is quite historical, having produced the Model T during its operating years of 1924-1932, and it was even one of the largest such facilities in the Southeastern U.S. at one time, cranking out 200 cars per day. However, the building has been in a rapid state of decay ever since, and has been deemed beyond repair. Before the demolition process beings, the Jacksonville Historical Society is busy documenting the plant so that it can be preserved in images, if not in real life, according to the Jax Daily Record.

Ford Commodore Point Plant

That organization has already acquired the construction drawings of the plant from the mid 1920s, as well as photos documenting the construction process. “All were provided to us at cost by the plant’s Detroit-based architect, Alfred Kahn and Associates, which remains in business and maintains an amazing company archive,” said Jacksonville Historical Society CEO Alan Bliss. Additionally, the society plans to start a program dedicated to the facility this May.

“We plan a special program devoted to Jacksonville’s Ford Assembly plant, at which selected historic and contemporary images from those two collections will be displayed, along with others from local private collections,” Bliss said. He added that it’s possible both Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance founder Bill Warner and former Henry Ford Museum curator Robert Casey will make an appearance at that event, along with an array of vintage and modern Blue Oval models.

Ford Commodore Point Plant

The owner of Commodore Point, Amkin Hill Street LLC, reportedly tried to salvage the old building, but it was deemed structurally unsound. Following its demolition, the company is aiming to lure a U.S.-based shipyard owner to the area with a goal of adding around 300 jobs.

We’ll have more on Ford’s past and present assembly plants soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for 24/7 Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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Comments

  1. FOG

    Alfred Kahn? Hmm… Never heard of him. Albert Kahn was a damn good architect, tho!

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  2. wjtinfwb

    Who knew? I lived in Jacksonville in the late 80s-early 90s and am there frequently for business and personal. I never heard of this plant or knew Ford built cars in Florida at and point in history. Nice bit of trivia but that building looks well past its prime and ready for the wrecking ball.

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