Ford Assembly Plant designed by Alfred Kahn
The Oil House is believed to have been designed by Ford Assembly Plant architect, Albert Kahn Associates. It was constructed at approximately the same time, in 1930, as the rest of the buildings. The building held multiple large oil tanks that fueled the boilers that, in turn, ran the stream powered conveyor system and equipment of the Ford Plant. Oil tanks were located in the lower level as well as within the east gallery of the building. The west gallery served for support and maintenance activities. The lower level was originally accessible only through a tunnel from the main Plant building and a narrow ladder inside the building itself. Visitors now enjoy access to all 3 levels of the building, where the top floors house galleries, exhibits and the gift store. The bottom level, which housed the oil tanks now boasts a beautiful movie theater, a classroom, and rotating exhibits. Across the tarmac, the Ford Assembly Plant rises majestically, and visitor can enjoy events in the Craneway, or a bite to eat at Assemble, a restaurant housed in the original boiler room area. Both of these buildings retain their historic character and as a result of loving renovation, the beauty of these structures astounds once again.
Visiting the Rosie the Riveter Visitor Education Center
Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park
Address: 1414 Harbour Way S #3000/Oil House, Richmond, CA
Directions: From Cutting Blvd., take Harbour Way south for .8 mi. then left into gated lot, past guard shack. Follow signs.
Hours: Daily 10-5 (Call to verify)