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Eero Saarinen collection
The Eero Saarinen Collection documents eight built projects executed in the United States, Greece, Norway and the United Kingdom. The projects reflect the range of Saarinen's practice, including airports (Athens), churches (North Christian Church, Columbus, Indiana), embassies (the US Embassy and Chancellery building at Oslo, Norway and London, England), corporate headquarters (CBS, New York and John Deere, Moline, Illinois) and university buildings (the David S. Ingalls Hockey Arena, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut).
The collection includes many autograph Saarinen drawings, especially conceptual sketches, as well as design devlopment drawings, photographic materials, including views of non-extant models and textual documents.
Materials in this collection are arranged by project into eight series.
Eero Saarinen was born in Kirkkonummi, Finland. He studied sculpture in France before entering architecture school at Yale University. Saarinen worked for his father Eliel and taught at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
He formed his own architectual office in 1950 and until his death, in 1961, produced a remarkable range of buildings, primarily in the United States. He designed airports, university buildings, churches, corporate headquarters, private houses and furniture.
The Eero Saarinen Collection remained in the custody of David Graham Powrie until his donation of the bulk of the collection to the CCA in 2001 as part of a donation of 800 drawings, photographs and a film by, or related to Eero Saarinen, Charles Eames and Oscar Niemeyer. The Niemeyer and some Eames materials are in the CCA's Prints and Drawings Collection. Subsequent smaller transfers were made in 2002 and 2005.
When citing the collection as a whole, use the citation: Eero Saarinen collection, Collection Centre Canadien d’Architecture/Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal. When citing specific collection material, please refer to the object’s specific credit line.
Documents are in English.
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