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Albert Kahn Commemorative Postage Stamp is Proposed

Albert Kahn is commonly referred to as the “Father of Modern Industrial Design.”

The Albert Kahn Legacy Foundation, a nonprofit based in Detroit, has submitted a proposal to the U.S. Postal Service to create a stamp in his honor to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Ford Rouge Glass Plant, widely recognized as one of the most superbly designed industrial structures of the 20th century.

Kahn was tapped by Henry Ford to design his massive Highland Park factory where the moving assembly line was introduced to manufacture the Model T. 

Then, Kahn was tapped to design Ford’s River Rouge factory complex, the largest manufacturing facility in the world. Kahn’s streamlined factories featuring open, column-less spaces, glass walls and operable skylights not only revolutionized industrial design but also served as seminal inspirations for the Bauhaus modernist movement.

Kahn is commonly referred to as the “Father of Modern Industrial Design.” His designs and techniques were used by architects and engineers globally.

Kahn was born in Germany into a Jewish family in 1869. He immigrated to the U.S. in 1881 and died in 1942.

The foundation suggests that the stamp could be part of a series on great architects, successful immigrants or innovators. 

The Kahn

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Located in Detroit’s New Center/Midtown North neighborhood, The Kahn is an 11-story, 320,000 square foot Art Deco masterpiece. The restoration of The Kahn included the conversion of office space into 206 studios, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments with floor plans ranging from 530 to 1,317 sq. ft.

Daily Detroit: Preserving the legacy of Albert Kahn

Our President Heidi Pfannes was a featured guest on Daily Detroit’s Podcast series. Heidi has long been a champion of preserving Albert’s legacy, which led her to rally a dedicated group of volunteers to launch this foundation.

During the interview, Heidi speaks about Albert, his family, and his firm’s early years. Did you know that several of Albert’s brothers played a role in the company?