The life and works of architect Albert Kahn — the foremost American industrial architect of his day — is the subject of a program set for 7-8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, at the Brighton District Library. Detroit News reporter Michael Hodges will lead the program.
In a lecture and slideshow, Hodges — author of “Building the Modern World: Albert Kahn in Detroit — will review Kahn’s local legacy, his vigorous defense of Diego Rivera’s “Detroit Industry” murals at the Detroit Institute of Art when they were under attack, and his role in helping the Soviets repel the Nazis in 1041-42.
The scope and breadth of Kahn’s works in Michigan and beyond is breathtaking. He is the designer of the magnificent art deco Fisher Building in Detroit, as well as the buildings housing The Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press. He designed the Packard Auto Plant, the Willow Run Bomber Plan, the Ford Rotunda (which was lost in a fire in 1963), the Detroit Arsenal Tank Plant, the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House, the Flint Journal building, the Detroit Athletic Club, and the Belle Isle Casino, to name a few.
Some of the buildings Kahn designed at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor include Angell Hall, Hill Auditorium, and Burton Tower.
Registration for the program begins Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. Call 810-229-6571 ext. 227.