CCAE Architecture Graduate Francis Shier will lead a tour about the Ford Factory highlighting its importance to the city of Cork from an architectural and historical point of view. The dramatic gabled elevation of the central section of the original plant has faced the River Lee for almost 90 years and is cited as architecturally important. The plant has been described as an “exemplar of functional design” in the early days of mass production in the motor industry. The buildings were built using reinforced concrete with a mixture of steel and concrete roofs, using methods developed by Ford’s architects in Michigan, Albert Kahn Architects. The use of construction techniques and materials such as the early use of a visually-expressed reinforced concrete frame with large expanses of metal-framed window are similar to other Ford developments in Michigan.
Departure Point: Ford Factory, Marina Commercial Park
Guide: Francis Shier
Max Capacity: 20 people