Ford will save St. Paul plant facade

Ford Motor Co. has decided some architectural elements of its Twin Cities Assembly Plant are worth saving.

Ford says it will preserve parts of the building’s facade, including its fluted columns, red tile roof and a frieze that reads “excellence is never granted to man but as the reward of labor.”

In a letter to the city, Ford says it has hired a restoration company to “remove and store” those elements of the structure for use in a future memorial to the plant.

Mayor Chris Coleman and Council Member Chris Tolbert released statements praising the company’s decision.