The old Ford Assembly Plant on Richmond's waterfront survived the end of its car-assembling years, a major earthquake, water damage, vandals and multiple proposals for its demolition to witness a rebirth that has now captured national acclaim.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation awarded the building one of 15 National Preservation Honor Awards when renovations were completed in 2009.
The building, now called Ford Point, is one of Richmond's historic gems and is part of the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home front National Historic Park. Workers in the 1930s assembled cars there and routed them to dealers in Northern California and Hawaii. In 1942, the plant switched to assembling thousands of jeeps, tanks and other military vehicles as part of the World War II home front effort. The plant processed 60,000 tanks plus other combat vehicles including Army trucks, half-tracks tank destroyers, personnel carriers, scout cars, amphibious tanks, lift trucks, snow plows, and bomb lift trucks.
Ford reconverted it to production of civilian autos and trucks in 1945, and closed it in 1955. Today, the beautifully renovated building, designed originally by well-known architect Albert Kahn, is home to a restaurant called Assemble, hundreds of community special events put on in the Craneway Pavillion, and it is part of the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park.