NORTH (PRINCIPAL) FRONT - Duesenberg Automobile Company Factory, Building No. 1, 1501 West Washington Street, Indianapolis, Marion County, IN HABS IND,49-IND,25A-1.tif

Summary[ ]

Title NORTH (PRINCIPAL) FRONT - Duesenberg Automobile Company Factory, Building No. 1, 1501 West Washington Street, Indianapolis, Marion County, IN
Depicted place Indiana; Marion County; Indianapolis
Date Documentation compiled after 1933
Dimensions 4 x 5 in.
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
Accession number HABS IND,49-IND,25A-1
Credit line
Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) Team.jpg This file comes from the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS), Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) or Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS). These are programs of the National Park Service established for the purpose of documenting historic places. Records consist of measured drawings, archival photographs, and written reports.

This tag does not indicate the copyright status of the attached work. A normal copyright tag is still required. See Commons:Licensing for more information.

  • Significance: The Duesenberg Automobile and Motors Company was incorporated in Indiana in March, 1920. Prior to this, brothers Fred S. and August Duesenberg had operated an engine manufacturing plant in Newark, New Jersey which, before and during World War I, had produced marine motors for U.S. and Allied submarine chasers and airplane motors. The relocation to Indianapolis in 1921 allowed the brothers to continue experimenting with Indy "500" race cars which they had begun in 1911, entering their first race in 1912. The fast, powerful single overhead cam straight eight engines which they had developed were, upon their move to Indianapolis, first manufactured in the factory unit completed by April, 1921 and the connecting, two-story office building (Building #1) completed with its industrial finishes by May, 1921. Thus America's first vertical eight cylinder passenger car engine was put into production at this site. This engine, chassis and custom bodywork became known as the Duesenberg, "The World's Finest Motor Car."
  • Unprocessed Field note material exists for this structure: FN-57
  • Survey number: HABS IN-70-A
(Reusing this file)
Public domain This image or media file contains material based on a work of a National Park Service employee, created as part of that person's official duties. As a work of the U.S. federal government, such work is in the NPS copyright policy for more information.
Camera location39° 46′ 05.99″ N, 86° 09′ 29.02″ W Kartographer map based on OpenStreetMap.View this and other nearby images on: OpenStreetMap - Google Earthinfo