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Viewing Gallery : GM Opens Historic Durant-Dort Factory One

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Durant-Dort Factory One, in Flint, Michigan, where General Motors founder William Crapo “Billy” Durant and partner Josiah Dallas Dort started the Flint Road Cart Company in 1886. Photo: Jason Robinson.

Main entrance of the restored Durant-Dort Factory One, in Flint, Michigan, which includes more than 17,000 color-matched replacement bricks. Photo: Jason Robinson.

Main floor of the restored Durant-Dort Factory One, in Flint, Michigan, a carriage factory founded by General Motors founder William Crapo “Billy” Durant and partner Josiah Dallas Dort. GM transformed the East Wing of the facility into a conference and event space that can accommodate groups of up to 300. Photo: Jason Robinson.

Contemporary amenities blend with preserved woodwork inside the restored Durant-Dort Factory One, in Flint, Michigan. Photo: Jason Robinson.

Contemporary amenities blend with preserved woodwork inside the restored Durant-Dort Factory One, in Flint, Michigan. Photo: Jason Robinson.

Research area at the Kettering University Archives within the restored Durant-Dort Factory One, in Flint, Michigan. Photo: Jason Robinson.

The Kettering University Archives are housed in a climate-controlled enclosure within the restored Durant-Dort Factory One, in Flint, Michigan. Photo: Jason Robinson.

Approximately 100,000 documents and artifacts compose the Kettering University Archives and are housed in a climate-controlled enclosure within the restored Durant-Dort Factory One, in Flint, Michigan. Photo: Jason Robinson.

The interior ceiling at Durant-Dort Factory One, in Flint, Michigan, emulates the materials and construction style of the original. Photo: Jason Robinson.