OT? - Albert Kahn Buildings on Campus

Submitted by mikoyan on March 3rd, 2011 at 1:11 AM

Lately, I've been doing quite a few pictures in Detroit.  In particular, I have been trying to seek out the buildings of Albert Kahn as he was one of the prominent architects of many of the more famous buildings in Detroit.  Anyways, I also noticed that he did a bunch of the buildings on the University's main campus.

So last night, I went for a walk around campus and of course I was accompanied by my camera.  So here are my blog entries:


My first stop was Angell Hall


Then Hill Auditorium


The Tower...Well not *THE* Tower as that's in Ypsi...:)




The Grad LIbrary


West Engineering Building


Randall Laboratory


The C.C. Little Building


The Natural History Building

I hope you all enjoy.



March 3rd, 2011 at 2:02 AM ^

Also he was very active in Greek Housing:


Greek Organization Buildings:

    • Sigma Phi House (1900), 426 North Ingalls Street (demolished)
    • Delta Upsilon House (1903), 1331 Hill Street
    • Collegiate Sorosis House (1905–06), 1501 Washtenaw Avenue
    • Delta Gamma House (1912), 1205 Hill Street
    • Psi Upsilon House (1925), 1000 Hill Street



March 3rd, 2011 at 2:47 AM ^

Albert Kahn is the father of Eddie Kahn, who scored the first-ever goal for the University of Michigan hockey team.


March 3rd, 2011 at 8:23 AM ^

Don't forget about another, also-famous architect's presence on campus: that of Eero Saarinen.  He developed an early master plan for North Campus, as well as designing a number of buildings including the school of music.


March 3rd, 2011 at 10:32 AM ^

And my favorite airport terminal building, Terminal A at Dulles International Airport, right down the road from me.  Unfortunately it's not really used as a terminal; only for check-in, not even security anymore.  But it's still a gorgeous building to walk into.


March 3rd, 2011 at 8:31 AM ^

was pretty much the first industrial production architect, not only in that he did a lot of factory work, but that his office was able to produce buildings at an amazingly fast pace. over 700 buildings, mostly factories, in the soviet union alone, from his detroit office, before fax, email, internet, sometimes not even phones. over 1000 projects for ford, alone.

Cbus 91Wolverine

March 3rd, 2011 at 9:22 AM ^

Not on campus but the Detroit Golf Club clubhouse next door to Palmer Park is an Albert Kahn building.  A number of beautiful houses of Kahn's can be found in the Palmer Woods and Sherwood Forest neighborhoods at 7 Mile & Woodward.


March 3rd, 2011 at 9:50 AM ^

Actually, I got that one at an earlier date but I want to take pictures of it again in better lighting.  I knew that I wasn't going to get every Kahn building that night so this is more or less an ongoing project for me.

Yeah, there are a ton of Kahn buildings in Detroit.


March 3rd, 2011 at 10:09 AM ^

I am ashamed to admit that I walked by those building for 4 years and never appreciated their architectural details and beauty.

Thanks for sharing them!


March 3rd, 2011 at 10:27 AM ^

This is not meant to derail the conversation in a great OT, but I couldn't help notice . . . I didn't realize that there is still snow on the ground up there!  Brutal.


March 3rd, 2011 at 10:32 AM ^

I went through your entire photo history on your blog and, really, have you never been to Cranbrook?

The original Booth house is a Kahn and there's Saarinen all over the place.  Get over there!


March 3rd, 2011 at 8:41 PM ^

You really need to get to campus on a sunny spring/summer day. I personally don't think we have the most beautiful campus architecture, though there are a few nice buildings. However,  West Hall (West Engineering) is really beautiful in the Spring/Summer. In fact, I would say, besides the front façade of Angell, West Hall might be the most beautiful building on the Diag. With the twin spires (would you call those spires?) and the ivy, it really looks great in the sun (wish I could get a bigger version of this picture, thanks FB!). 

The campus used to have a lot of sick buildings before they were demolished or burned down. If you go next to the Union, there's a little display outside about the history of buildings on campus. I don't know if a lot of people stop to check that stuff out, but there are some really interesting buildings to check out. I particularly liked the old library, especially consider the new one.


March 3rd, 2011 at 8:56 PM ^

That is some amazing architecture there. One thing that stood out was the engineering building and the two green domes. When I was at VT the engineering building was either the traditional 2-story one covered in white stone, there wasn't anything special about it.