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Historian trying to save showroom at Ford assembly plant in St. Paul

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An architectural historian and restoration architect is spearheading an effort to save the showroom at the old Ford assembly plant in St. Paul, the Pioneer Press reports.

Demolition on the plant began in June and is expected to last through 2015. Parking lot removal may last until 2018.

According to the paper, Brian McMahon and car history enthusiasts met with city planners and Ford officials in late September about options to save the showroom, but the results of the meeting were mixed.

Ford has apparently contemplated moving the facade of the building -- built in 1925 -- but says saving the entire showroom could cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Meanwhile, McMahon and the "Save Our Ford Heritage Committee" will be featuring some of the memorabilia from the Ford site during a classic car show Saturday at the Hillcrest Recreation Center, 1978 Ford Parkway in St. Paul.

The Star Tribune says that in addition to worker's badges, historic photographs and samples of glass produced on site, the committee hopes to display some classic Ford vehicles outside.

The St. Paul Ford plant closed down in December 2011.

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