Riding around with a fellow urban explorer on this rainy Saturday morning, I spied this beautiful ruin from the highway. We found our way to it after coming upon several road blocks. Unbelievably, the gates were open, so we pulled in. I walked around not fully aware of what specific place this actually used to be.
Once home, I researched it. It’s The Fisher Body Plant #21 (part of a formerly large factory complex) built in 1919. This is where the car bodies of Cadillacs, Fords, Studebakers, and Hudsons, among many more, were manufactured.
Like other automobile factories during World War II, The Fisher Body Plant retooled itself and became a place for military production, manufacturing materials for tanks, anti-aircraft guns, plane parts, etc.
After the war, Fisher had less success and the plant’s last day of production was April Fool’s Day 1984.
The site remains heavily contaminated due to high levels of chemicals and asbestos from all of the years of activity within.
The city of Detroit is currently seeking developers for a cool $300,000.
I got my info from reading this article: http://www.detroiturbex.com/content/industry/fisher/index.html
27jun15. Detroit, MI.
5 thoughts on “DETROIT, MICHIGAN: RUINS OF THE FISHER BODY PLANT #21”
Great photos! There is a really interesting documentary on Netflix about Detroit – “Detropia.” Talks about all the hard times this once industrial powerhouse has gone through.
I’ve heard about that! I’ll give it a watch this weekend ~ Cheers!
Great set; nr 22 is a brilliant photo.