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story of Fisher Body 21 began when brothers Fred
and Charles Fisher founded the Fisher Body Company
in 1908. Fisher soon became the industry standard
and as orders came in from Detroit's auto manufacturers,
Fisher expanded. For the first two decades Fisher's
production facilities would be centered in Detroit
in an area east of Woodward and south of Grand
Boulevard. It would be in this area that the Fisher
Body 21 plant rose in 1919.
at the corner of Hastings and Piquette Ave, just
east of Woodward, Fisher Body 21 was just one
of 40 buildings used by the company. By 1926 there
was 3.7 million square feet of floorspace. Fisher
Body 21, measuring 200 feet by 581 feet only accounted
for 536,000 square feet of this total. The six
story stucture was built with reinforced concrete
in a manner developed by Albert Kahn.
Body 21 was built to house a body assembly plant.
Between 1919 and 1925 it produced bodies for Buick
and Cadillac. After Buick moved to Flint it continued
to produce Cadillac bodies until becoming an engineering
facility in 1929. The building continued as an
engineering facility until 1956 when it again
was pressed into production. This time around
production centered around Cadillac limosine bodies.
It continued in this service at least until 1974.
The building's last use was in the mid-1990s as
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