Detroit Car Plant Could Become Techno Nightclub
The Motor City has fallen on its fair share of hard times in recent years, but out of death comes life. That's exactly what one German entrepreneur sees in this abandoned Detroit car manufacturing plant.Known as the Fisher Body Plant No. 21, this ghostly remnant of old Detroit might become the future nightclub enterprise of Dimitri Hegemann, one of Berlin’s top techno music figures. Hegemann recently visited the aging structure and his initial impressions bode well for Detroit. In an interview with the Detroit Free Press, Hegemann confirmed, “I still think it could be done. The place fulfills my expectations.” He toured the factory with a handful of visitors and bore witness to the six-story building’s graffiti covered walls, crumbling concrete, and vandalism scars. RELATED: Check out photos of this vintage 1924 Cadillac V8 Phaeton
But if there’s anyone who can give the Fisher plant the new life it deserves, it’s probably Hegemann. The German club owner opened his famous Tresor nightclub in the basement of an old East Berlin department store.
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Designed by Albert Khan in the late teens, the then high-tech Fisher Plant was built in 1919 and through 1925 manufactured various automotive car bodies, including many for Buick and Cadillac. At the height of the Great Depression, General Motors used the plant as a soup kitchen and homeless shelter.
World War II saw its purpose shifted once again, this time to assemble portions of the B-25 bomber and produce the F4U Corsair and Lockheed P-80 fighter planes. Post-war, Cadillac repurposed the plant for specialty vehicle production of limousines. Then in the mid-‘80s GM left the site for good.
In addition to a nightclub, Hegemann believes the Fisher Body Plant could operate as a non-profit arts venue, as well as an office space, hostel, and restaurant. And we sincerely hope it does.
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