The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant was Ford Motor Company's first production facility built specifically for this purpose. In 1908 the famous Model-T was produced here. The assembly line production in automobile industry was introduced at this facility. The Piquette Plant was built in 1904 by the architects Field, Hinchman and Smith. As one of the first buildings in America, the Piquette Plant had a sprinkler system, which was supplied by a water tank on the roof. In 1910, the factory was too small and Ford shifted production to the new Highland Park Plant. The Piquette Plant was sold to Studebaker. In 2000, the old factory was bought by the Model-T Automotive Heritage Complex and converted into a museum.
Now you can wxplore historic cars and learn about the history of automotive industry in Detroit.
When the money was still bubbling in Detroit, the museum's collection grew to an international class. The Detroit Institute of Arts has works by Picasso, van Gogh, Rubens, and many other famous artists. In addition to European art, the museum is also home to art from America, Asia and Africa. The highlight of the Detroit Institute of Arts is the Diego Rivera Court. Many visitors only come to the museum because of this mural.
The Motown Historical Museum shows Detroit's heyday as a metropolis in American music history. Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight & the Pips, the Temptations and many other musicians produced their hits right here. The Motown Sound conquered the world from a small house in Detroit, which is now the "Motown Historical Museum".
The Art Gallery of Windsor is located directly on the border river and exhibits only works by local and Canadian artists. The city of Windsor is on the Detroit River, just across from Detroit. A visit to the city is worthwhile for the grandiose skyline view of the American automobile metropolis.