The Graduate (Mike Nichols, 1967)
A Single Man, 2009
Director - Tom Ford
Cinematography - Eduard Grau
Alan Hill: The Man who lives In Detroit’s Abandoned Packard Auto Plant
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.