Born to a Jewish family in Germany in 1869, Albert Kahn was the eldest of eight children. At the age of 12, Albert emigrated to Detroit with his family and took on odd jobs to help provide for them. His natural talent for drawing, hardworking nature, and humility led him to become an inspiration for his family, colleagues, and community.
The Albert Kahn Legacy Foundation honors the life, innovations,
and global impact of architect Albert Kahn.
The Work of Albert Kahn
Albert Kahn was the most famous and innovative industrial architect of the twentieth century. Kahn’s ability to anticipate future trends and respond to them with an effective business strategy contributed greatly to his exceptional success. He had a pragmatic view of architecture in the 20th century that many architects failed to appreciate nearly as early as Kahn did.
The Albert Kahn Legacy Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in 2020 to celebrate and preserve the history, work, and impact of Detroit’s most iconic architect of the 20th century, Albert Kahn. We honor Kahn’s legacy through: exhibits, lectures and educational programs, building, bike and walking tours, reference and research services and an educational website.
Support the Work of the Foundation
Our members and sponsors are the backbone of the foundation.
Become a member or sponsor today and help us preserve Albert Kahn’s legacy.
Become a Member
Our members are integral to our continued preservation and education efforts. As a member, you will receive discounts and early notification on many of our events and programs.
Become a Sponsor
By becoming a sponsor, or donating, you will support our educational and preservation activities including talks, tours and other events, ensuring that Albert Kahn’s legacy will continue to make an impact throughout the world.
Thank You to Our Supporters
For everything you have done for us in the past and everything you continue to do, all of us at the Albert Kahn Legacy Foundation want you to know how thankful we are for your support and generosity.