In August of 1931 the Ford Company opened their new assembly plant in Richmond Ca. Designed by the great industrial architect Albert Kahn, the 525,000 sq ft building utilizes natural light from a vast array of skylights, and has the open space environment typical of Kahn-designed structures. The largest auto assembly plant on the West Coast, the Richmond plant is also one of 60 Albert Kahn-designed buildings, all over the country, now on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Ford Company
World War II
During WII, at the direction of Franklin D. Roosevelt the Ford Plant was retooled to process tanks and jeeps. Car production resumed in 1946 and continued through 1955 when manufacturing moved to Milpitas. The building served briefly as a film set and book depository and was largely abandoned and destroyed by the 1989, the Loma Prieta earthquake. Orton Development purchased the building in 2004 and revitalized it with Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects, resulting in the project’s National Trust for Historic Preservation design award in 2008, among others.
The 45,000 sq ft bay front Craneway Pavilion, the southernmost partition of the complex, now offers the largest and finest event space in the Bay Area, with stunning architecture and breathtaking views. The Assemble restaurant sits adjacent to the Craneway Pavilion and offers seasonal American cuisine, set against a backdrop of original equipment from the historic Ford Boiler Room.