Vernor’s Ginger Ale has long been a Detroit tradition, but the company’s former headquarters was strikingly modern for its time. In the 1950s, the city decided that Vernor’s riverfront locale was in the way of redevelopment. Since part of that redevelopment was Cobo Hall, there was no longer a need for the outdated Conventional Hall along the west side of Woodward Avenue between Canfield and Forest Streets.
Vernor’s jumped at the opportunity to swap land and construct a sparkling new plant on this larger site. Opening in 1954, the Harley, Ellington and Day design was a showcase for the popular modern architectural movement with its glass walls, clean lines and linearity.
After being bought out by United Brands, the plant was shuttered in 1985. The site is now occupied by Studio One Apartments. To see many more images of the interior and exterior of this building, search our online collections. – D.S.