Ford will save St. Paul plant facade

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

Courtesy of Chris Tolbert / City of St. Paul

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.”

A frieze adorning the exterior wall of Ford Motor Co.'s Twin Cities Assembly Plant. Courtesy of Chris Tolbert / City of St. Paul

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.