MotorCities National Heritage Area

Albert Kahn: Innovation & Influence on 20th Century Architecture

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  • Event Title: Albert Kahn: Innovation & Influence on 20th Century Architecture
  • Event Date(s): Now through July 3, 2022
  • Event Location: Detroit Historical Museum, 5401 Woodward Ave, Detroit
  • Event Description: Perhaps Detroit's best known architect, Albert Kahn was a German-born Jewish immigrant who came to Detroit with his family as a youth and went on to become the world’s leading industrial designer and creator of some of the city's most iconic buildings. The Fisher Building, the Conservatory and Aquarium on Belle Isle and multiple structures on the University of Michigan campus were all designed by Kahn. His streamlined, light-filled factories for Henry Ford and other manufacturers became a seminal influence on European modernists who developed the principles of modern architecture. Presented by the Albert Kahn Legacy Foundation, a non-profit 501c3 organization launched in 2020 to honor the life, innovations, and influence of Kahn, this new exhibition tells Kahn's story through photos, video clips, maps and text panels, as well as both wood and Lego architectural models. Visitors will see Kahn's hand-drawn architectural sketches, artifacts from Kahn's office, and more.