Albert Kahn: Innovation and Influence on 20th Century Architecture

The Robert and Mary Ann Bury Community Gallery is a changing exhibition space made available to local historical societies, museums, non-profit organizations and educational institutions, selected for their contributions to the metro Detroit community. Organizations are featured in order to share their stories and provide new perspectives on the issues, ideas and individuals that have shaped our region’s rich history.

It was officially renamed as a tribute to retiring long-time Executive Director Bob Bury and dedicated in a ceremony on November 1, 2018.   

Our Community Gallery program received the 2020 Leadership in History Award from the American Association for State and Local History! Learn more


NOW OPEN through July 3 in the Robert and Mary Ann Bury Community Gallery

Albert Kahn: Innovation and Influence on 20th Century Architecture

Perhaps Detroit's best known architect, Albert Kahn was a German-born Jewish immigrant who came to Detroit with his family as a youth and went on to become the world’s leading industrial designer and creator of some of the city's most iconic buildings. The Fisher Building, the Conservatory and Aquarium on Belle Isle and multiple structures on the University of Michigan campus were all designed by Kahn. His streamlined, light-filled factories for Henry Ford and other manufacturers became a seminal influence on European modernists who developed the principles of modern architecture.

Presented by the Albert Kahn Legacy Foundation, a non-profit 501c3 organization launched in 2020 to honor the life, innovations, and influence of Kahn, this new exhibition tells Kahn's story through photos, video clips, maps and text panels, as well as both wood and Lego architectural models. Visitors will see Kahn's hand-drawn architectural sketches, artifacts from Kahn's office, and more. 

The logo for the exhibit was designed by Evelyn Hermann, a student in an upper-level graphic design class at Lawrence Technological University led by Professor Steve Coy. The class took on the task of designing materials for the Albert Kahn exhibit as part of a real-world collaboration with members of the Albert Kahn Legacy Foundation.


Meet Albert Kahn Legacy Foundation ambassador/docents in the exhibit on these special dates!

  • Friday, June 10, 1-3 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 25, 1-3 p.m.


Photos by Michael Smith