Can Historic Rosie the Riveter Plant Be Saved From Demolition?

rosie the riveter plant faces demolition

On July 31,  "Save The Bomber Plant", a nonprofit group founded by The Yankee Air Museum, was given a two month extension for the demolition of the Willow Run Bomber Plant, the Detroit-area factory where WWII icon Rosie the Riveter worked before she became the poster-girl for the female war effort.

Despite a generous $2.5 million dollar contribution from GM and another $2 million from other members of the historic preservation community, the group is still $3.5 million short of their $8 million dollar goal, which is the amount needed to save the historic factory from the wrecking ball. The property was originally slated for demolition on August 1st, but an extension was made by the RACER trust, giving the museum another few months to come up with the funds.

"We're grateful to be able to continue working toward our goal of preserving a portion of the former bomber plant to tell… how Americans, men and women of all races, came together to not just build aircraft needed to win World War II, but to change the country forever,"  said Dennis Norton, the Yankee Air Museum founder.

If the money is raised, Yankee Air Museum has plans to restore a large part of the 332-acre factory into a museum, which would highlight the many different women (including Rosie) who worked there creating bombers during WWII. The Yankee Air Museum would also like to put at least five restored WWII aircrafts on display in Willow Runs 5 million-square-foot plant.

The "Save The Bomber Plant" group is continuing to accept donations on their website from now until October 1st.

A Peek Inside Willow Run

Women Riveting a B-24, 1944 via: thehenryford

A Section of the B-24 Assembly Line, 1942 Via: thehenryford

Women at Lunch, 1943 Via: thehenryford

The Last B-24 Bomber, June 28, 1945 via: thehenryford