New Center Building

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New Center Building
AlbertKahnBuildingDetroit.jpg
Location 7430 Second Avenue
Detroit, Michigan
Coordinates 42°22′15″N 83°4′38″W / 42.37083°N 83.07722°W / 42.37083; -83.07722Coordinates: 42°22′15″N 83°4′38″W / 42.37083°N 83.07722°W / 42.37083; -83.07722
Built 1930
Architect Albert Kahn
Architectural style Art Deco
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 80001922[1]
Added to NRHP October 14, 1980

The New Center Building is an office building located at 7430 Second Avenue in the New Center area of Detroit, Michigan. It is currently known as the Albert Kahn Building. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.[1]

The New Center Building, completed in 1931, was built by the Fisher brothers (Frederick, Charles, William, Lawrence, Edward, Alfred and Howard) and designed by Albert Kahn. It is located diagonally across from the Fisher Building (also designed by Kahn and built by the Fishers).[2] The ten-story building is architecturally similar to the Fisher Building, and the two are connected by an underground tunnel. The building was originally designed to house office and retail space, but currently houses only offices, including those of Albert Kahn Associates.[2] The building was renamed the Albert Kahn Building in 1988.[2] From 1940 through 1980, part of the ground floor was occupied by Saks Fifth Avenue store number 4.[3]

As in the Fisher Building, Kahn used high quality materials to construct the New Center Building, including polished marble lobby floors and brass elevator doors.[2]

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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  2. ^ a b c d Randall Fogelman, Detroit's New Center, Arcadia Publishing, 2004, ISBN 0738532711, pp. 54-56.
  3. ^ "RETAILING: Department Stores Chained". Time (Time.com). 16 September 1940. Retrieved 2011-05-24. 

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