Diamond Reo Motor Plant, 2100 South Washington Street, Lansing, Ingham County, MI
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2100 South Washington Street, Lansing, MI
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Documentation compiled after 1968.
Survey number HAER MI-4
Building/structure dates: 191 initial construction
Significance: The Diamond Reo Motor Plant, situated in an industrial area near downtown Lansing, consists of the only known extant and little altered structures associated with Ransom Eli Olds' successful ventures into automobile manufacturing. The most significant buildings include: 1905 office building, 1905 factory, 1908 engineering building, 1917 employee clubhouse, and four other factory buildings constructed between 1905 and 1914. The buildings exhibit many original exterior architectural features.
Olds, Ransom Eli
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)
1. Building #3 (Clubhouse), looking northeast from Washington Avenue.
2. Building #3 (Clubhouse), looking south from Grand Trunk Railroad Station.
3. Building #3 (Clubhouse), interior of ballroom.
4. Building #1 (Administration), looking east from Washington Avenue.
5. Building #1 (Administration), second floor offices.
6. Building #1 (Administration), first floor offices.
7. Building #4 (Engineering), looking northeast from Washington Avenue.
8. Building #5 (Engineering), looking west from interior of plant.
9. Building #5 (Engineering), looking west from interior of plant.
10. Building #2, looking south from Grand Trunk Railroad Station.
11. Building #2, third floor manufacturing area.
12. Building #8, looking northeast from Washington Avenue.
13. Buildings #8 (background) and #7 (foreground), looking northwest from Baker Street.
14. Building #5, looking northwest from interior of plant.
15. Building #5, looking northeast from interior of plant.
16. Building #6 (background) and #8 (foreground), looking southeast from interior of plant.
17. Baker Street Water tower, looking south.
18. Cedar Street water tower, looking north (beyond historic designation area).
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