Art: Industrial Architect

Around Detroit, automobile plants are native architecture, just as automobile talk is native folklore. More closely identified with that architecture than anyone else alive is a burly, white-haired man of 69 who lives and does most of his breathing at a drafting board in Detroit's New Center Building. Albert Kahn has been Packard's architect for 35 years, Ford's for 30, Chrysler's since the firm was incorporated in 1925, General Motors' on 127 projects. And as the products of those companies girdle the globe, so do the works of Albert Kahn, Inc. Employing a normal staff of 400, his is the biggest...

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