Charles Howard Crane (August 13, 1885 - August 14, 1952) was an American architect. He specialized in the design of movie palaces, including the Fox Theater in Detroit and the State Theater in Ann Arbor.


This former movie theater, with its jazzy Art Deco exterior stretching 132 feet along State Street, has been an Ann Arbor landmark since it opened in 1942. An impressive sketch by the architect C. Howard Crane was front page news in November 1940 when construction began.

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