ALLAN HILL LIVES INSIDE THE PLANT
Short film tells the story of Allan Hill, the man who has legally lived inside Detroit's abandoned Packard Auto Plant for the past 7 years.
Yes, the Packard Plant is so giant and empty and strange they shoot Michael Bay movies there. And, occasionally, kids push a dump truck out a window. Yet, Hill has power, Internet access, a welding setup, and a small kitchen. He even maintains a webcam. The owner apparently gave him his blessing so long as Hill works as a custodian of the property.
When it opened in 1903, the luxury car factory, designed by famed architect Albert Kahn, was one of the largest and most modern factories in the world. It closed in 1956, and today stands as a tragic reminder of Detroit’s industrial demise. There has been talk of demolishing the iconic plant for some 15 years, but despite recent promises by the current owner, nothing has happened yet.
PACKARD PLANT BURNS NONSTOP
The sprawling ruins of the Packard Plant symbolize the decline of industry in Detroit. The factory regularly burns because arsonists can slip in and out without detection.