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Ford Motor Company Long Beach Assembly Plant, 700 Henry Ford Avenue, Long Beach, Los Angeles County, CA



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700 Henry Ford Avenue, Long%2525252525252525252525252525252525252525252BBeach, CA

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER CA-82
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (FN-14).
Building/structure dates: 1930 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1947 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1950 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1991 demolished
Significance: Ford Motor Company built the Long Beach Assembly Plant during 1929-1930 as one of six contemporaneous assembly plants constructed in the United States. The overall purpose of these plants was to expand production of Ford's Model A, which replaced the Model T in 1927. Albert Kahn, the architect for the Long Beach Assembly Plant, also designed the other five Ford Assembly Plants. The Long Beach Assembly Plant was the only plant outside of Michigan to have a Pressed Steel Department as an integral part of the manufacturing and assembly process. Kahn's architectural design incorporated an enormous articulated structure that retained aesthetic qualities, yet permitted functional use of space. The Long Beach Assembly Plant operated until 1958 and typified the Ford Assembly Line concept. On a national scale the Long Beach Assembly Plant reflected a national trend of industrial growth, mass production of consumer goods, and the consumption of those goods.

Related Names
Kahn, Albert


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

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