Shelby Charter Township in Macomb County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Base of Operations
The Lodge at the Proving Grounds
The Lodge is a landmark, just north of the main gates
of the Packard Proving Grounds. Designed by famous architect Albert Kahn in the English Cotswold style, it opened in 1928 as the site's base of operations. The site manager and his family lived here, and upstairs was a dormitory for test drivers, mechanics and visitors from Packard's Detroit factory complex. On the lower level was a carport and an eight-bay testing garage. The Packard Motor Car Foundation has beautifully preserved the building, including its hardwood floors and slate roof.
You Auto Know
The Packard Motor Car Foundation uses the Lodge as its world headquarters.
Erected by MotorCities National Heritage Area, National Park Service.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Industry & Commerce • Roads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the MotorCities National Heritage Area series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1928.
Location. 42° 39.691′ N, 83° 2.076′ W. Marker Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 49965 Van Dyke Avenue, Utica MI 48317, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "Quality First" (a few steps from this marker); The Vincent Family (within shouting distance of this marker); Packard Proving Grounds (within shouting distance of this marker); Packard Motor Car Company / Packard Proving Grounds (within shouting distance of this marker); In Times of War (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Packard Takes Flight (approx. 0.2 miles away); Extreme Testing (approx. 0.2 miles away); Made for Speed (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Shelby Charter Township.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 6, 2019. It was originally submitted on August 6, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 161 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on August 6, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.