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Back to the Future...
Donald Albrecht, December 25, 2010
Eero Saarinen with A Combined Living-Dining-Room-Study project Model, Circa 1937
Eero Saarinen with A Combined Living-Dining-Room-Study project Model, Circa 1937
 
Although his career was cut short by death at age 51 in 1961, Eero Saarinen was one of the most celebrated architects of his time, both at home and abroad. In the postwar decades of what has been called “the American Century,” Saarinen helped create the international image of the United States with his designs for some of the most potent symbolic expressions of American identity: the 630-foot-tall, stainless-steel St. Louis Gateway Arch (1948-64) along the Mississippi River commemorating the nation’s westward expansion; the aluminum-and-glass General Motors Technical Center (1948-56) outside Detroit, Michigan - hailed by contemporary critics as “an industrial Versailles”; and the TWA Terminal (1956-62) at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport, where swooping concrete vaults thrilled travelers with the glamour of international flight.   

Eero Saarinen_Tulipe Chairs_Helsinki_Finland
Eero Saarinen_Tulipe Chairs_Helsinki_Finland
 
Eero Saarinen_United States Jefferson National Exposition Memorial, Under construction, 1965_Arteaga Photos Ltd_Saint-Louis, Missouri_USA
Eero Saarinen_United States Jefferson National Exposition Memorial, Under construction, 1965_Arteaga Photos Ltd_Saint-Louis, Missouri_USA
 
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