important transportation development drew more industries to Walkerville,
prosperity increased between 1890 and 1910, and fine buildings continued
to be added to the town streets. Stability, prosperity, security
- all are terms which may apply to the architectural character of
turn-of-the-century bank buildings.
the image of a Classical temple in which the treasures of the golden
age of Greece and the Roman Empire were stored gave assurance to
the public. If that was needed, Albert Kahn could deliver, and did
so with confidence.
scrolled Ionic capitals, surmounting fluted columns on which a plain
pediment rests, say it all. With decorative detail minimized and
solid mass emphasized, this unschooled, thirty-three year old architect
achieved a masterful design.
Kahn was blessed with an innate grasp of harmonious proportion,
nurtured by his friendship with sculptor Julius Melchers and his
experience in the drafting room of Mason & Rice.
is ironic that his greatest claim to fame is his status as the premier
industrial architect for Detroit's auto barons, for whom he designed
such great industrial buildings as the Dodge Truck plant and Fordís
River Rouge complex, as well as the Fisher Building and General
Motors Building, among hundreds of others here and abroad.