Name: Crane, C. Howard
C. Howard Crane of Detroit was one of the most distinguished movie palace architects in the US. The Fox Theatre at 523 North Grand Avenue (opened in January 1929 at a cost of $6 million) is the only St. Louis building designed by him. A near twin to the St. Louis Fox exists in Crane’s hometown.
Born in Hartford, Connecticut, Crane moved to Detroit and became a protege of Albert Kahn. He formed his own firm in 1909. His first commissions were nickelodeons: stores converted into small movie houses. His first theater design was Orchestra Hall for the Detroit Symphony in 1919. Crane´s buildings were noted for their excellent acoustics.
Crane moved to England in 1934, and designed factories during World War II, and later skyscrapers in several European cities.
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