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W. K. Kellogg Auditorium

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1934–1936, Albert Kahn. 60 W. Van Buren St.

The brick and limestone auditorium is Battle Creek's most important Art Moderne institutional building. It has bold, straight lines and is devoid of overt historicism. Rather it relies for interest on the interplay of flat surfaces and on variation in material. The building was intended as part of a civic center complex, which also included the Beaux-Arts classical Battle Creek Central High School (1908–1909, Wilbur Thoburn Mills) at 100 W. Van Buren Street. The school has a five-part facade with a central element composed of an Ionic portico above an arcade. The three-story, brick auditorium seats 2,700.

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Kathryn Bishop Eckert

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