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For Immediate Release                                                                                                                

May 9, 2019






Building Detroit: Architect Albert Kahn in Detroit at the Rochester Hills Public Library


(ROCHESTER HILLS- May 9, 2019) On Thursday, May 23 join photographer and author Michael Hodges at the Rochester Hills Public Library to discuss his new biography of architect Albert Kahn.

Industrial architect Albert Kahn was a giant in Detroit’s heroic age, a visionary who created the humane “daylight factories” for Packard Motor and Henry Ford, and in the process, helped birth both modern manufacturing and modern architecture. Hodges will review Kahn’s considerable legacy in the Motor City and Ann Arbor, as well as his unheralded role of defending Diego River’s murals at the Detroit Institute of Arts against attack, as well as more impressive stories from Kahn’s life.

“I’m very excited to share stories of Albert Kahn’s life and the impact of his legacy with the Rochester Hills Public Library,” said Hodges. “In many ways he helped shaped the Motor City, and through both my presentation and book I hope to shed more light on his impact in Detroit.”

Hodge’s presentation will also include breathtaking photos of the work Albert Kahn had done in and around Detroit.

“At the Rochester Hills Public Library, we’re very excited to welcome Michael Hodges to talk about the legacy of a Detroit titan and celebrate an important figure in Michigan history,” said Community Relations Specialist Amanda Harrison Keighley.

The program is May 23 from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room and is open to everyone with an RHPL library card. This program is geared toward adults but all ages are welcome. Please register in advance at



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