Historic Detroit

Uniroyal

This sprawling complex on East Jefferson Avenue near the foot of the Belle Isle bridge was built in stages and designed by different architects. It was built for Morgan & Wright, initially a bicycle tire manufacturer, but would grow into one of the largest tiremakers in the world.

The plant made a variety of tires, including “nobby” tread, “usco” tread, “chain” tread, “plain” tread and “royal cord.” By 1916, it was a division of the U.S. Tire Co.

The complex would eventually become Uniroyal.

Much more on this building coming soon.