Ford Rouge Glass Plant
Ford Rouge Glass Plant

Albert Kahn is commonly referred to as the “Father of Modern Industrial Design.”

The Albert Kahn Legacy Foundation, a nonprofit based in Detroit, has submitted a proposal to the U.S. Postal Service to create a stamp in his honor to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Ford Rouge Glass Plant, widely recognized as one of the most superbly designed industrial structures of the 20th century.

Kahn was tapped by Henry Ford to design his massive Highland Park factory where the moving assembly line was introduced to manufacture the Model T. 

Then, Kahn was tapped to design Ford’s River Rouge factory complex, the largest manufacturing facility in the world. Kahn’s streamlined factories featuring open, column-less spaces, glass walls and operable skylights not only revolutionized industrial design but also served as seminal inspirations for the Bauhaus modernist movement.

Kahn is commonly referred to as the “Father of Modern Industrial Design.” His designs and techniques were used by architects and engineers globally.

Kahn was born in Germany into a Jewish family in 1869. He immigrated to the U.S. in 1881 and died in 1942.

The foundation suggests that the stamp could be part of a series on great architects, successful immigrants or innovators. 

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