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Detroit Urban League (Albert and Ernestine Krolik Kahn House)

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Albert and Ernestine Krolik Kahn House
1906, Albert Kahn; 1928 gallery and garage addition. 208 Mack Ave.

Renowned Detroit architect Albert Kahn (1869–1942) designed this house of simple elegance for himself and his family. Termed English Renaissance by Albert Kahn Associates, the house is Kahn's version of the Prairie Style. There are also Arts and Crafts elements. The two-story house is constructed with Truscon reinforced-concrete floors. Named for the Trussed Concrete Steel Company (formed by Kahn's brother Julius Kahn), the reinforced concrete and tile formed a flat ceiling over each floor and wood sleepers provided above permitted the nailing of finished wood floors. Red brick laid in English bond and trimmed with stone rises in the exterior walls through the first story; the second story is finished in stucco. Slate covers the hipped roof. A wooden door bordered with beautifully carved rosettes is recessed beneath an arched hood in the center of the front. The stair hall and the reception, dining, and living rooms are wood paneled. The addition of a large gallery at the southwest accommodated the Kahns' social and business activities and their library and art collection. This room is paneled with wood and decorated with an ornamental plaster ceiling.

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Kathryn Bishop Eckert
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Kathryn Bishop Eckert, "Detroit Urban League (Albert and Ernestine Krolik Kahn House)", [Detroit, Michigan], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/MI-01-WN54.

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Cover: Buildings of Michigan

Buildings of Michigan, Kathryn Bishop Eckert. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 81-81.

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