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Building the Modern World: Albert Kahn in Detroit

Michael H. Hodges
Format
Book
Published
Detroit, Michigan : Painted Turtle, an imprint of Wayne State University Press, [2018]
Language
English
Variant Title
Albert Kahn in Detroit
ISBN
9780814340356, 0814340350
Summary
"Building the Modern World: Albert Kahn in Detroit tells the story of the German-Jewish immigrant who rose from poverty to become one of the most influential architects of the twentieth century. Kahn's buildings not only define downtown Detroit, but his early car factories for Packard Motor and Ford revolutionized the course of industry and architecture alike. Employing archival sources unavailable to previous biographers, Building the Modern World follows Kahn from his apprenticeship at age thirteen with a prominent Detroit architecture firm to his death. With material gleaned from two significant Kahn archives-the University of Michigan's Bentley Historical Library and the Archives of American Art at the Smithsonian Institution-Hodges paints the most complete picture yet of Kahn's remarkable rise. Special emphasis is devoted to his influence on architectural modernists, his relationship with Henry Ford, his intervention to save the Diego Rivera murals at the Detroit Institute of Arts (unreported until now), and his work laying down the industrial backbone for the Soviet Union in 192931 as consulting architect for the first Five Year Plan. Kahn's ascent from poverty, his outsized influence on both industry and architecture, and his proximity to epochal world events make his life story a tableau of America's rise to power"--
Contents
  • The architect vanishes
  • Foundation
  • Building
  • Henry Ford and the Jews
  • Packard No. 10 to General Motors
  • Strife and Fisher glory
  • To Moscow and back
  • Diego Rivera and Detroit Industry
  • Turbulent thirties
  • The monster of modernism
  • War.
Description
xii, 224 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 183-207) and index.
Technical Details
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