On a quiet stretch of Broadway, across from Fort Tryon Park, on the northern end of Manhattan, rests a forlorn monument to a grand automotive era.
Some say the old Packard dealership might soon be razed. Torn down. Wiped off the map.
Of course that would be a shame. The familiar old building once glimmered like a jewel box—a grand and glorious showcase for displaying the latest automobiles of the day.
Albert Kahn designed the building, with its graceful curves, in 1926. The foremost industrial architect of his generation, Kahn designed some 2,000 building over a career that spanned fifty years. He is often referred to as the “Father of Detroit architecture.” All of the above made him the go to guy for a design like 4650 Broadway.
Peel back another layer of history and a fascinating World War II tale appears. During that awful fight the building served as headquarters for the 716th Military Police Battalion.
But that was many years ago. Today developers have their sights on the aging beauty. Her fate remains undetermined.