The crumbling Packard Plant in Detroit… a crazy or amazing wedding venue?!

Photographer | Samantha Leigh Studios

“You know that episode of Friends where Ross + Emily check out their dream wedding venue only to find it in ruins? Yet decide that the history and symbolism of the space is so important they’re determined to run with it anyway? With the elegance of a romantic wedding amongst a historic, at times dilapidated property, this editorial reminds us just a little bit of that scene. Instead of London, it’s Detroit, and the venue in question is the Packard Automotive Plant. Once the world’s largest auto factory, the crew at Mitten Weddings & Events, along with photographer Samantha Leigh Studios embraced its forthcoming revival with an industrial, yet glamorous take on Detroit weddings.”

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Developers celebrate progress of Packard Plant cleanup

Photo: Sarah Rahal, The Detroit News

“Detroit —  Developers of the Packard Plant project celebrated the progress of cleaning up the four-story administration building Saturday at a private party with family and friends.”


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Photo: Yvette van der Velde for Packard Plant Project

“On Detroit’s lower east side — a neighborhood that has thus far not enjoyed many fruits from the slow reinvigoration of the Motor City — sits 45 acres of what was once a sprawling producer of Packard Gray Wolfs, Super Eights, and, in wartime, engines for P-51 Mustang fighter planes. In 1956, the last Packard rolled off the assembly line and the space has been far from its former glory ever since.”

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Six decades after shutting down, Detroit’s Packard Plant is being revived with tours of the former auto facility and new tenants. Plans for a brewery and a restaurant are also in the works. (Tanya Moutzalias/Ann Arbor News/Associated Press)

“Trip-planning multiple choice: 
a) Mountains b) Sand c) Surf
d) Factories.

If you picked the last vacation option, you’ve got company.

“We’re finding a hunger,” says Michael Boettcher, an urban planner and industrial-history buff. “Everyone has been to Disney World, and it’s like, what else you got?” Read more

A year into revival efforts, Packard Plant cleans up

Photo: Dave Guralnick | The Detroit News

“Detroit — It’s been nearly a year since the owner of the Packard Plant publicly kicked off the first phase of a $300 million-plus renovation plan of the sprawling 40-acre property.

In that time, $4 million has been spent on pre-development and clean-up, with more than 14,000 yards of debris hauled away from the lower east side plant that sat mostly vacant for decades, according to Kari Smith, director of development for the project through site owner Arte Express Detroit. There are plans for a brewery to open next year, and more than 1,000 people have taken tours to get a look at the site.” Read More