Virtual Event: Albert Kahn Designs Detroit – Talk with Michael Hodges

April 27, 2021 – 7 pm EDT


Join us for an evening with renowned author and journalist Michael H. Hodges as he recites a compelling tale of a young immigrant who becomes one of the most prolific architects of the 20th century. 

Industrial architect Albert Kahn was a giant in Detroit’s heroic age, the visionary who invented the humane “daylight factories” that helped birth both modern manufacturing and modern architecture. In this lecture and slideshow, former Detroit News reporter Michael H. 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 against attack, and his role helping the Soviets beat the Nazis in 1941-42.

Get your questions ready because we will host a Q&A after the talk.


Building the Modern World: Albert Kahn in Detroit is Michael H. Hodges’ second book on local architecture, and was awarded the Balthazar Korab Award for “significant contributions to architecture or the arts” by the Michigan chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Both the Kahn biography and Hodges’ first book, Michigan’s Historic Railroad Stations, were named “Notable Books” by the Library of Michigan. Hodges blames his architectural obsessions on the picturesque Rochester Hills dairy farm where he grew up, and the six years he spent as a student at what we used to call the Cranbrook School for Boys.