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Architect Albert Kahn in Detroit

Michael Hodges is a photographer and author with a new book out -- a biography of Albert Kahn titled "Building the Modern World", that just won a State History Award. It also took the 2018 Balthazar Korab Award from the Michigan chapter of the American Institute of Architects "for significant contributions to architecture."

Here's the book's webpage on the Wayne State University:


Industrial architect Albert Kahn was a giant in Detroit’s heroic age, the visionary who created the humane "daylight factories" for Packard Motor and Henry Ford, and in the process helped birth both modern manufacturing and modern architecture. In this lecture and slideshow, Michael H. Hodges — author of "Building the Modern World: Albert Kahn in Detroit" — will review Kahn’s considerable legacy in the Motor City and Ann Arbor, as well as his unheralded role defending Diego Rivera’s murals at the Detroit Institute of Arts against attack, and helping the Soviet Union hold off the Nazis in 1941-42.

Thursday, May 23, 2019
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Rochester Hills Public Library
500 Olde Towne Rd.
Rochester MI
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Building the Modern World

Albert Kahn in Detroit

Michael H. Hodges

A photographically rich biography of protean architect Albert Kahn.

Published: April 2018
ISBN: 9780814340356
Published: April 2018
ISBN: 9780814340363