Completed in 1914 to manufacture Ford Model T automobiles, the poured-concrete and block building was the second Ford Motor plant to be built west of the Mississippi. It has become one the most iconic buildings in downtown Los Angeles. Honoring the storied past of The Ford Factory, restoration and redevelopment of the site will preserve the architectural integrity of this landmark building, which is designated as a historical structure and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The design and construction team will employ highly sustainable strategies and seek LEED® certification.
A milestone in industrial history, the Model T was made here until 1927, when Ford introduced the Model A, which continued to be produced at the site until 1929. Since that time, the building has housed U.S. Rubber, Lockheed Aircraft, Bullocks and the Imperial Toy Company among other industrial tenants.
Restoration of The Ford Factory will make extensive use of recycled materials from the property and distinctive elements like the building’s steel window frames and skylights will be retained, although glass will be replaced. While no longer functional, the rooftop water tower remains as a striking visual landmark.