Detroit Arsenal Tank Plant
The Detroit Arsenal Tank Plant was located in Warren, Michigan and was established 1940 on 341 acres at Warren, 17 miles northeast of Detroit. It had a staff of 400 military and 5,700 civilians. The mammoth structure measured over a million square feet and was five city blocks deep and two blocks wide. The building was designed by master industrial architect, Albert Kahn, in the Modern style. Few know when it was first opened the only way the building could be heated was with a locomotive steam engine. They brought the train directly into the building. This tank arsenal was the first ever built for mass production of American tanks. When World War II erupted in Europe, and Germany began using tanks in its Blitzkrieg offensives, the United States did not have a tank production program. It was thought not to be an affective weapon prior to this. By mid-1940, the U.S. realized it needed an armored force separate from its infantry. In response to this need, the Detroit Tank Arsenal Plant sprang up seemingly overnight in the winter of 1940-‘41. Over the years, both Chrysler and General Dynamics have operated the plant and together produced over 44,000 vehicles. In 1967, the Arsenal was renamed U.S. Army Tank-Automotive Command (TACOM) and gained control over nearly all of the Army’s tank-automotive systems. The plant itself closed in the 1990s.
The Regal Theater
The New Regal Theater is located on Chicago’s southside. John Eberson became nationally famous as a designer of atmospheric motion picture palaces, in which the audience sits within an imaginary courtyard, surrounded by exotic buildings under a star-filled sky. The New Regal, which originally was known as the Avalon when opened August 29th, 1927, is a prime example of this type of Movie Theater. Its Middle Eastern, Moorish design was reportedly inspired by a Persian incense burner that the architect found in an antique market. The 2400-seat theater was renamed in 1985, following a major renovation, in honor of the Regal Theater, a long-time center for the performing arts in the city's African-American community. The most celebrated black entertainers in America such as Cab Calloway, Louis Armstrong, Lena Horne, Dinah Washington, and Duke Ellington performed frequently at the Regal, and a few native Chicagoans like Nat “King” Cole got their professional start there.
Pere Marquette Saginaw Train Station
The Pere Marquette Saginaw Station is located in Saginaw, Michigan. If you look on the National and State Historical Building Registers it will be called the Pere Marquette Saginaw Station. Locally it is called the East Saginaw or Potter Street Station. Potter Street was named after Henry C. Potter. According to the Saginaw News, “Henry Potter brought more than just a railroad to East Saginaw. He brought vitality.” The New York businessman and his partner Samuel Farwell, led a group that established the Flint and Pere Marquette Railroad, a 170-mile line that stretched from Flint to Ludington. The initial section, which ran from Mount Morris to Saginaw opened in 1862, giving East Saginaw its first train station. The depot became a gateway that invigorated the northeast corner of the community. When it was built in 1881, at the zenith of the Saginaw Valley lumber industry, the subject depot was considered the finest in Michigan and at least the equal of most in the larger cities. It was a social center onto itself in the hey-day of passenger train travel. At that time, as many as 50 passenger trains a day came to or left the depot with travelers bound in every direction. It had a fine restaurant in its early years. So good, old news paper articles claim, its cuisine rivaled that of the better hotels. Saginaw couples and families, with no thought of travel, often patronized it for Sunday dining.
Kellogg Cereal Plant
Is located in Battle Creek, Michigan. At one time Kellogg employed up to 5,000 people at the Porter Street 100 building facility. Michigan and Porter streets were often crowded with cars and buses, bringing up to 250,000 visitors a year to Battle Creek for the famous cereal plant tours. (Today, Kellogg and Post have a combined total of about 1,750 plant employees and tours were discontinued by the 1980s. Kellogg Company is the world's leading producer of cereal and a leading producer of convenience foods, including cookies, crackers, toaster pastries, cereal bars, frozen waffles, meat alternatives, pie crusts, and ice cream cones. The company's brands include Kellogg's, Keebler, Pop-Tarts, Eggo, Cheez-It, Nutri-Grain, Rice Krispies, Murray, Austin, Morningstar Farms, Famous Amos, Carr's, Plantation, Ready Crust, and Kashi. Kellogg products are manufactured in 17 countries and marketed in more than 180 countries around the world.
CentrePoint Business Park
CentrePoint Business Park is located south of the DFW airport midway between Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas. It is a 1,300-acre, master-planned, mixed-use business park that is located at the southern entrance of the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport at state highways 183 and 360. CentrePort is owned by General Motors Asset Management, and is home to American Airlines’’s world headquarters, as well as Southwestern Bell, Uniden America, Travelocity.com, Office Max, Keebler, Whirlpool, and other Fortune 500 companies. CentrePort now boasts a daytime population of more than 25,000, with more than 100 businesses in operation.
Granot Loma is located outside Marquette, Michigan. When it was constructed it was billed as the largest log residence in the world. It is a fifty-room facility on 5,000 acres of woodland. The home features, his-and-hers wine cellars, a nine-car garage and a "gentleman’s farm and barns". The rustic private lodge of banker Louis Kaufman rivaled any Adirondack camp in its expense (an estimated $2 million spent over four years from 1919 to 1923), its size (the L-shaped main building is 215' by 300'), with explicated attention to detail. There are 60 fireplaces, one resembling a birch bark tipi. Concrete and steel attach the house to a granite outcrop at Lake Superior’s edge, but the surface materials are natural - primitive and hand finished: rubbed spruce logs, bark wall coverings of birch and cedar, local fieldstone, and slate from the Arvon slate quarry in the Huron Mountains near L'Anse. Indian motifs, Navajo rugs, and bright colors (oranges, greens, yellows, reds, and black and white) reflected Kaufman's pride in his Indian ancestry. His father, a Jewish immigrant who fared well in the clothing business in Marquette, married the daughter of a French trader and Ojibwa woman. Granot Loma is named for the first initials of Louis and Marie Kaufman's children: GRaveraet, ANna, OTto, LOuis, and MArie.