The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Your support is greatly appreciated. And remember – your gift is tax deductible!
Ways to Give
- You can donate on our website which is secured through PayPal.
- You can donate by check: Please make checks payable to “Ford Piquette Avenue Plant” and mail to P.O. Box 2127 Detroit, MI 48202
- You can donate securities. Please contact us at (313) 872-8759 and we will put you in touch with our….
How to Help
Match our Grants (general donation)
We have been awarded several grants, however in order to receive the full amount of grant money we must match those funds with outside donations. Your donation will help us do just that. Think of it as for every dollar you give, we receive a dollar in return. Your contributions will be instrumental in preserving the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant for generations to come.
The plant’s century old roof is leaking and has resulted in a collapsed support beam. A member of the plant has made a generous donation of a challenge grant for $75,000. Help us match this grant in order to secure the funds needed to repair this critical portion of our roof. Your support can make all the difference in helping our legacy stand for generations to come.
Power Up Piquette
While we treasure this old building, we can’t afford to be nostalgic about electrical systems. The old system needs to be upgraded so we can safely meet 21st-century demands.
It’s already a team effort.
A MotorCities National Heritage Area grant was awarded for the completion of the master electrical construction plans.
Albert Kahn Associates—the firm founded by Henry Ford’s favored architect—developed the plan to replace the wiring.
Detroit Edison—Henry Ford’s one-time employer—has offered to install a new transformer when we’re ready.
Kirlin Lighting—Detroit’s oldest electrical supplier—has designed replicas of the original lights.
Dillon Energy Services of Michigan donated outdoor security lights.
We’ve completed an electrical evaluation and load study, and installed a new service feeder and fire system hookup.
But there is still more to do! Today, we’re seeking funding for transformers and installation of the final distribution system. If you would like to help us power up Piquette, please see the support levels below.
Fuse …………………….$50 (replaces an antiquated fuse with a breaker)
Light Connector………$100 (makes lights accessible)
Light Bulb Replica……$500 (fabricates a replica globe)
Hot Wire……………….$1,000 (installs a replica light with new wiring)
Transformer…………. $5,000 (supports new interior transformers)
High Voltage…………$10,000 (brings service to parts of the building with none)
Adopt A Window
If you would like to support our efforts to restore the windows, consider adopting one of them! Over the last century, harsh weather took its toll on the plant’s once-beautiful windows, but we’re bringing all 355 of them back! Our dedicated crew of window volunteers learned the skills necessary to restore and install new windows that meet the preservation standards of the Secretary of the Interior (National Park Service). Adoptees receive a brass name plate with your choice of inscription placed on your window.
Third floor triple-framed arched window: $4,500
First and second floor windows: $1,800
Storm window: $600 (no name plate)