Inside the Crystal Palace: A History of Henry Ford's Highland Park Plant
This thesis is dedicated to Henry Ford's Highland Park factory, which is still standing in Highland Park, Michigan today. While many works of scholarship have touched upon Highland Park, none have been written entirely devoted to this site alone. This thesis has been written to bring back to life this important example of early 20th century automotive architecture and to highlight its place among the great structures that have changed our world. This thesis has focused on five major themes in the history of Highland Park: The development of the Ford Motor Company and the automotive industry, the new industrial ideas and techniques developed at Highland Park, the role of Henry Ford himself in the development of the Highland Park complex and its innovations, the innovative architectural designs and techniques used to build Highland Park and the revolutionary services offered to employees at Highland Park throughout its history.
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