Dale A. Carlson Lecture & Book Signing

April 23 2023 | 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Book cover, Kahn's Detroit a field guide to Albert Kahn Designs of the Metro Area by Dale A. Carlson


Kahn & Parducci: Facts & Speculations

Join author, photographer and architectural historian Dale A. Carlson at the Detroit Historical Museum at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 23 for a detailed examination of the relationship between architect Albert Kahn and architectural sculptor, Corrado Parducci. Learn more about the New York City sculptural scene from which Parducci emerged and Kahn’s influence upon his move to Detroit in 1924. Enjoy a close look at numerous architectural sculpture installations throughout metro Detroit that, while unconfirmed by primary evidence, are very likely apprenticeship-era Parducci works, modeled during his last years in N.Y.C., many commissioned by Kahn.


Author, photographer and architectural historian Dale A. Carlson was born and raised along the northeastern shores of Lake Michigan where, as an adolescent, he developed a fascination with the city of Detroit. Throughout the 1990s Mr. Carlson studied art, journalism and graphic design at four Michigan colleges including Michigan State University. In 2004 he made southeast Oakland County his permanent home, and in 2019 he earned an associate degree in photographic technology from Oakland Community College. He serves on the City of Berkley’s Historical Committee and is the author of Corrado Parducci: A Field Guide to Detroit’s Architectural Sculptor. His latest project, Kahn’s Detroit: A Field Guide to Albert Kahn Designs of the Metro Area, showcases 300 extant Kahn designs in southeast Michigan. He credits his late wife, Carolin Venegas Jones, whom he married in 2014, for inspiring his ventures into publishing and photography. 

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