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Take a virtual tour of Albert Kahn’s Detroit

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When you think of Detroit’s 20th century landmarks, the name Albert Kahn comes to mind. The German-born architect designed many of Motor City’s most popular buildings, from Art Deco skyscrapers to industrial temples, and left his indelible fingerprint on every corner of the city.

Interiors of the fisherman’s building. Photography over Dig Downtown Detroit

The fisherman’s building. Photography via Mike Russell

Security Trust Co building, Detroit. Photography via Apartment Finder

To mark the 125th anniversary of Albert Kahn Associates, the company has released an interactive map of Detroit that allows users to explore its legacy projects across the city and beyond, including buildings in Birmingham, Alabama and overseas in London, UK and São Paulo, Brazil.

Police Headquarters, Detroit.  Photography via Pinehurst19475 CC

Police Headquarters, Detroit. Photography via Pinehurst19475 CC

In collaboration with his brother Julius, who patented the Kahn system for half-timbered concrete, Albert Kahn mastered the assembly line architecture and built, among other things, the Packard Automotive Plant and facilities for Ford and General Motors.

The map contains information and images on the historical structures of the Kahn brothers from the 1930s and 40s as well as on the current work in practice, which now includes around 54,000 projects worldwide.

Take a closer look.

[Via ArchPaper]

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