411 Piquette Avenue
Office & Higher Industrial
Original Date Built
This is a building that is a manifestation of Milwaukee Junction’s automobile and rail history. Cars were made here and sent out to the rest of the world.
Piquette is a multi-use commercial industrial and light manufacturing building. It is a structure that is attached to the original Model T assembly plant, designed for Ford Motor Company by Albert Kahn. This four-story masonry building features 28,500 SF floor plates with seven loading docks, and two drive-in doors.
In 1910, Ford Motor Company relocated to its new Highland Park Plant and Studebaker purchased its Piquette plant in 1911. In 1920, they built the attached parts storage and service which is now 411 Piquette and manufactured cars in the complex until 1933. Located in Milwaukee Junction, Piquette provides an additional creative anchor in the neighborhood, alongside Chroma. While Chroma houses light to medium creative tenants, Piquette can house heavy making and manufacturing tenants with larger space requirements.
Stage of Development ?At the foundation of mentorship is a transparency of knowledge and practice. We choose to share our projects as they unfold – through all parts of the development process.
A developer sees an opportunity in an existing building or vacant land and tests possible ideas for development to determine if they should commit.
The architect, along with engineers and contractors, collaborate with the developer to create a meaningful plan for construction.
The general contractor physically brings the design of the architect and engineers to life.
Leasing or Sale
The development is promoted to potential tenants who may be interested in leasing or purchasing available units.
A property-management team manages the on-going daily operations of the development and the tenants.
The owner may choose to re-finance or sell the developed property.
Photo by Ara Howrani
Photo by Ara Howrani
On Community Engagement: As a creative space, outreach to the design, craft, maker, and manufacturing communities are critical to the project’s development evolution and occupancy.
On Design Excellence: The design intention at Piquette is to celebrate its industrial heritage and open-column structure while introducing design improvements that create spaces for people and add amenities to the building.
In the Neighborhood: Underground Resistance, Jam Handy, ONE Mile Detroit, Tangent Gallery, Piquette Plant Museum, Oakland Avenue Urban Farm, Michigan Urban Farming Initiative, Russell Industrial Center, Howrani Studios, Motown Museum, College for Creative Studies, Shinola Factory Headquarters,and the Detroit Creative Corridor Center.
Transit: Bus #042; Q-line Station: Amsterdam; MoGo Station: E Bethune St & Brush St