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Charles Howard Crane

Charles Howard Crane

Posted: 1103499063000
Classification: Query
Does anyone know any information or pictures on Charles Howard Crane, famous Detroit theater architect?

Is anyone here closely related to him, if so do you have any blueprints?

i am trying to get information on him including seeing photos and blueprints.

Sean Doerr

Re: Charles Howard Crane

Heidi Christian (View posts)
Posted: 1110084464000
Classification: Query
Have you gotten any replys? He was married and has a son
that I think his name was Albert. Massachusetts. He was from Hartford CT. I too am curious? I am searching for as much info as possible. I will forward. Thanks

Heidi Christian

Re: Charles Howard Crane

Heidi Christian (View posts)
Posted: 1110090572000
Classification: Query
He was born 8-23-1885 in Hartford CT and died in 1952, not sure where.
He moved to Detroit built 52 theatres then
went to London, where he did the Earls Court 1904.
There is a commemorative coin to this great event he designed.
Then he came back to the US.
He apprenticed for Albert Kahn, Fred Smith, Theodore Henchman and Maxwell Gyllis.(Detroit)
He operated offices in Detroit, New York.
Worked with Poggi & Winters in Philadelphia. 1926-27
Partnered with J.C. Pennington (London)
Also worked with other noted architects such as
Thomas W Lamb, Rapp Brothers, Paul P Cret, Balaban & Katz.
Also had a partner Kenneth Franzheim, they did a lot of
work together from 1920 to about 1925 then Kenneth went

Here are a couple of websites you may want to visit.

Here are a few of the buildings he designed.
Virginia Theatre (1925)
Pere Marquette Depot (1904) Battle Creek, MI
1158 Fifth Ave, NY, NY (1928) (58 Apts)
Detroit Opera House, (1919), MI
Earls Court, London, UK 1904
Farmington Civic Theatre, Michigan (1940's)
Frauenthal Theatre (1930)
Fisher Mansion (1927) MI
Catherine Theatre, 1540 Chene St, Detroit MI (1913)
Holloway Odeon Theatre, (Sept 5, 1938) UK?
Detroit Civic Theatre (current name) 1928, renovation
JL Hudson Bldg, Detroit ?
The Brooklands Golf Club and Country Club, (1920s)
Rochester Hills, MI
Fox Theaters: Brooklynn, St Louis (1929),
Detroit (1942)

United Artist: Chicago, Detroit, LA

Francis Palms Theatre (1925) Detroit
Grand Circus, Detroit

Warner Theater, Washington DC (1924)

Michigan Theater, (1926), Detroit

Almost every building permit requires blueprints
to be filed with the county if you are looking for blueprints.
And the sites I suggested also have resources.
He was truly indeed a great mind and architect.
Has left me in awe with the great buildings
and landmarks that he has graced our country with.
I hope you enjoy the pictures and the articles as much as I did.


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