This is the second post in a series about the Packard Automotive building, if you missed the first you can read it here.
Since this complex is so large, over 40 acres of just buildings, I had to break this down into a number of different posts focusing on common themes. The first was all about the different vehicles that were found within the building, this post focuses on the office portion of the complex. The office building was basically a catacomb of 2×4 studs where most of the walls had be taken out by scrappers over the years.
Even though there was no walls left, you could still make out visible hallways and office divisions, and let the record show you can tell this building is old! The hallways were so narrow compared to today’s office standards. All of the offices were pretty small compared to ones seen today, except for the presidents office which I will get to in a bit.
It would be interesting to think what an office would be like back in those days before computers were around. I have only grown up in a world of fax machines and e-mail so I know what makes an office tick today, but back in the hay-day of Packard Automotive these devices didn’t exist. It would have been interesting to see how the paper is moved back and forth between offices, how they sort their items, how quickly information gets passed through the building. Now everything is instantaneous, I don’t think I could go back and live in a time like that knowing what we have now.
Walking through the building we could noticeably tell which office was the former Presidents, or at least the person in charge of this factory. It was quite large, everything was wood, and it had a nice window view to the factory side. Not to mention there was an elevator right outside the door, and the main office entrance staircase was about 10 feet outside the door as well.
To me this room spoke of classic black and white films, where the president and the executives are smoking cigars and drinking brandy while the rest of the blue color workers are slaving away. This office was much more detailed than the rest of the building, and I’m surprised its still in this good of condition with the walls still intact. Whatever did happen in this office I will never know, but it was great to just sit there for a few moments and take in all the history that has been through it!